Software Media & Inks



  • + MUTOH achieves UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for US11 ink

    MUTOH, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announced that their original LED-UV ink or UL’s US1..

    25 April 2019


    MUTOH, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announced that their original LED-UV ink or UL’s US11 ink is now the UL GREENGUARD Gold certified. 

    UL’s GREENGUARD Certification Program is a widely used standard for design professionals, consumers and others to find low emitting interior products that promote better indoor air quality. Products that achieve GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certification have demonstrated low chemical emissions during normal use. Some products, such as printing inks, are used in a wide variety of applications.

    The GREENGUARD test method includes standardised room exposure models for both an office and classroom environment developed by the California Department of Public Health. The stringency of these models is directly related to the surface area of product that will be used in the room. For products that may be used in many applications, UL considers all potential applications and awards certification for the highest surface area loading for which the products meet the GREENGUARD and/or GREENGUARD Gold Certification criteria.

    To learn more about the GREENGUARD Certification, go to https://services.ul.com/service/greenguard-certification/  

    MUTOH is taking steps to ensure our company and our products are environmentally responsible. MUTOH has been committed to provide customers safe, environmentally-friendly and high-quality products by following industry standards in our product development process.

    About MUTOH’s original LED-UV ink; US 11 ink  

    The MUTOH US11 ink has been specifically developed for MUTOH’s specialty/industrial UV printers. The US11 ink is capable of printing on a wide range of materials and is designed to bend and stretch with the materials after cured. The ink enables beautiful and versatile layer printing with CMYK + white and varnish colours. Available in cartridges & bulk ink bags, the MUTOH's LED-UV ink features high-productivity, ultra-sharp and high quality outputs.  

    Area of Application – printer compatibility


    MUTOH US11 ink is applicable to the following ValueJet UV inkjet printers.
    - VJ-1638UH
    - VJ-1638UR 
    - VJ-626UF
    - VJ-426UF






  • + EFI announces new Fiery DFE for new RICOH IM Series MFPs

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced the launch of the EFI Fiery Colour Controller E-25C, a new digital front en..

    23 April 2019


    Electronics For Imaging, Inc., has announced the launch of the EFI Fiery Colour Controller E-25C, a new digital front end (DFE) that drives many of the next generation of Ricoh’s family of colour multi-function printers (MFPs), the RICOH IM Series.

    “Our new intelligent Colour MFPs, the IM Series, are affordable, versatile and highly productive systems that have been designed to help seamlessly support the colour intensive workflow requirements for busy office workgroups and enterprise environments,” said Steven Burger, Head of Engineering and Vice President, Portfolio Management, Ricoh USA, Inc.. “The Colour Controller E-25C provides our customers with the power to quickly and efficiently produce high-quality colour documents & prints with accurate and consistent colour.

    Key benefits of the new digital front end include:

    1.  Increased productivity: print large or complex PowerPoint and PDF files accurately and quickly, as well as high volumes of small jobs from many users simultaneously, allowing workers to get their materials printed faster to work more efficiently.
    2. Accurate, consistent colour: print logo and corporate colours correctly, adjust or correct colour, edit or enhance images on-the-fly, and ensure consistent, highest quality output over time.
    3. Easily prepare booklets: Fiery VUE, the free “visual print driver,” enables easy merging of multiple documents together, as well as seeing a 3D preview of exactly how a booklet will print.
    4. Centralised printer management: with Fiery Navigator, customers can easily manage their fleet of printers over multiple sites
    5. Advanced workflow options: Optional Fiery software such as Fiery Impose, Fiery Compose, Fiery Color Profiler Suite, and the Fiery Productivity Package provide advanced make-ready, colour management, and automation capabilities, including integration with EFI MIS/ERP workflow solutions.
    Adding the DFE to a RICOH IM Series device helps customers reduce their overall costs by printing more high-quality materials in-house.

    “The new Fiery DFE for the RICOH IM series devices sets a new quality and productivity standard for workgroup printing,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery sales and marketing, EFI. “Customers get the best of both worlds: standard MFP functionality combined with the higher productivity and colour accuracy that helps them be more productive and reduce print outsourcing.”

    The new Fiery DFE is available from Ricoh and authorised Ricoh Family Group dealer partners.





  • + Hume candidate first to use recyclable & biodegradable election signage

    Independent candidate for Hume, Huw Kingston, believes politicians should put their money where their mouths are. And to..

    23 April 2019


    Independent candidate for Hume, Huw Kingston, believes politicians should put their money where their mouths are. And to show he, for one, is serious about the environment he is doing away with the usual plastic advertising signs and using recyclable waterproof cardboard instead.

    ‘I tracked down this board made in Sweden, called Oppboga,’ Mr Kingston said. The waterproof outdoor board is named after the Swedish town where it is manufactured. It is made from paper and a biodegradable waterproofing agent. Mr Kingston has spent two decades campaigning against single-use plastics and his conscience would not allow him to put his face up on a plastic board.

    ‘The Oppbogas will last as long as the Federal election campaign, then they can go straight into the recycling bin.’





    Every election hundreds of thousands of plastic ‘corflutes’ go up in suburbs, towns and along country roads throughout the nation. The product manager for Starleaton, who import the Oppboga boards in Australia, John Buitenkamp, said he had tried to interest the major political parties in the product but so far none had taken it up. The boards are more expensive than the plastic corflute equivalents. The material is used extensively for signage in the UK and has been available in Australia for two years.

    Mr Kingston has ordered over 400 of the boards and hopes his example will be followed by other aspiring MPs in elections to come. He is campaigning on the slogan ‘There’s a climate for change’ and this is one change he would like to see, regardless of who wins the election. Additionally the Huw4Hume campaign team wear organic, sweatshop free T shirts and the vast majority of printing is done on FSC certified recycled paper.

    ‘People now take environmental concerns very seriously, and so should our politicians,’ said Mr Kingston, who is running against the incumbent Liberal, Angus Taylor.





  • + METEOR INKJET LAUNCHES REVOLUTIONARY SOFTWARE FOR SINGLE-PASS PRINTERS

    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads launch..

    09 April 2019


    Meteor Inkjet, the leading independent supplier of electronics and software to drive industrial inkjet printheads launches MetCal, software that dramatically improves the print quality of single-pass systems.
     
    Further enhancing Meteor’s software portfolio, MetCal solves some of the biggest challenges faced by single-pass inkjet, particularly across the web.  MetCal runs Meteor’s innovative new nozzle-out compensation technology and automates the usage of PrintFlat™, a ground-breaking tool that creates a unique calibration screen for each individual printer and works together with an embedded version of ScreenPro™ to remove repeatable artefacts due to variations in performance within a printhead and in the stitch area between printheads.
     
    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s Managing Director comments, “MetCal addresses long-standing industry issues associated with single-pass printing such as single pixel streaks caused by clogged or failed nozzles, banding due to printhead stitching issues, and streaking or mottling on various substrate types.  Customers can now benefit from straightforward printer calibration and dramatic print quality improvement, all integrated into a neat Meteor package.” 
     
    MetCal is available now for any system using Meteor electronics.





  • + Xanté Releases New iQueue 13 Workflow Software

    Xanté today marked a milestone accomplishment for the company with the announcement of a major release of iQueue,..

    08 April 2019


    Xanté today marked a milestone accomplishment for the company with the announcement of a major release of iQueue, its flagship Adobe PostScript PDF workflow software. “Today 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 Xanté. “iQueue 13 has made mail prep just as easy as we've made envelope printing.”

    With Xanté's iQueue 13 workflow software, commercial print providers may now import their client's mailing list, scrub, sort, and update it for change-of-address within seconds. The addresses process quickly through iQueue's powerful cloud servers containing the USPS CASS and NCOALink databases. Additionally, the iQueue software will generate and print the USPS Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) on every piece for maximum discounts and assurance of accurate delivery. All required USPS documentation for the mailing is instantly created and filled in with the mail preparer's information and pertinent data about the mailing. The preparer may submit the documentation electronically to the USPS data processing network directly from a link within iQueue.

    Easy Importing, Placement and Printing of Variable Data with iQueue 13

    After processing the list through the USPS network for address and change-of-address accuracy, the commercial print provider can easily incorporate the list into an existing job through iQueue's Variable Data engine and printing begins almost instantly. The new version includes a selection for CASS-certified variable data and automatically formats an address block, including the IMb barcode, that meets USPS standards. Placement of the variable data on the piece is merely a “drag and drop” operation within iQueue. The iQueue-powered Xanté digital press prints the entire list in the required order (or reverse order) for accurate sorting into trays or sacks depending on the job. A convenient separator page can mark the divisions between each tray or sack. New enhancements to the processing of variable data enable the digital press to produce prints even faster than earlier versions of the workflow software.

    Simple One-Click Checking and Correcting Addresses with iQueue 13


    iQueue13, Xante'After scrubbing the list, iQueue 13 allows the mail preparer to review and correct any addresses that were either partially or completely incorrect. A convenient link to Google search is embedded in the same window with the returned address results. Once corrected, one click is all that's needed to resubmit the list again for reprocessing. If any addresses are still found lacking in some detail, iQueue 13 allows the mail preparer to decide whether to print them for manual handling and posting or to simply exclude them from the mailing entirely. In either case, a complete list of all addresses, accepted as well as erroneous ones, may be exported for the list owner.

    Available at No Cost for First 12 Months of Use

    Use of the mail preparation features of iQueue 13 will be available to Xanté customers free of charge for a full 12 months from date of first use. The subscription will include unlimited use. “We have now made our 12,000 iQueue users fully functional direct mail providers,” Ross remarked. “Our development team has succeeded in producing a top tier solution that makes preparing direct mail simpler and faster than ever for them. We've also made it incredibly affordable for any print provider who already processes bulk mail or wants to begin offering this service to their customers."





  • + NUtec Digital Ink’s water-based dye sublimation range grows

    NUtec Digital Ink recently added a new product to its dye sublimation portfolio in the form of the Aquamarine AQ20-DST-H..

    02 April 2019


    NUtec Digital Ink recently added a new product to its dye sublimation portfolio in the form of the Aquamarine AQ20-DST-HC water-based digital ink.

    The newly launched AQ20-DST-HC dye sublimation ink is designed for coated and uncoated transfer paper and offers excellent transfer density. It is fast drying, allowing high speed printing with lower ink consumption.

    The latest addition to the water-based Aquamarine range is optimised for the Kyocera KJ4B series of print heads used in printers such as the EFI Reggiani and the MS Lario JP4, among others. It was developed for dye sublimation transfer applications such as prints on textiles, soft signage, banners, flags, apparel, promotional products and other polyester-coated substrates for high quality indoor decoration. 

    Nutec Sales and Marketing Director, Neil Green notes, “The Aquamarine AQ20-DST-HC ink delivers a superior colour gamut and high chroma. Users can confidently look forward to improved productivity as a result of this ink’s excellent print reliability for digital textile printing.”

    “The AQ20-DST-HC ink’s performance is supported by NUtec Digital’s Ink Delivery System Warranty which gives customers peace of mind when opting for any of our OEM alternative inks, “ states Green.





    For further information visit www.nutecdigital.com 





  • + Mactac, Lintec consolidation expands durables portfolio

    Mactac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives, and Lintec, a manufacturer of adhesive-related products and specialt..

    02 April 2019


    Mactac, a supplier of pressure sensitive adhesives, and Lintec, a manufacturer of adhesive-related products and specialty papers, recently completed a strategic consolidation, expanding and strengthening Mactac North America’s label business.

    With significant projected growth expected in 2019, Mactac is now offering customers a plethora of new, high-performance durable goods and industrial labelling solutions.

    “Mactac and Lintec began the consolidation process last July and it has been a great experience that has better positioned, strengthened and expanded Mactac North America’s label business,” says Kim Hensley, marketing manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives. “The leader of on-demand label solutions has joined the leader in high-end industrial solutions and as a result, our new Lintec product offerings are giving customers the ability to offer high-end solutions with more value for a competitive edge that is ‘clearly different’.”

    Mactac’s new, high-performance durable goods and industrial labelling products are designed for applications such as power tools, appliances, electronics, compliance labels, and warning and instructional labels, as well as identification of test tubes and promotional labelling. They include:

    - Security labelstocks for industrial and automotive tamper-evident solutions.

    - Industrial labelstocks for extreme chemical and abrasion resistance.

    - High adhesion labelstocks, such as those that deliver strong adhesion to oil contaminated surfaces.

    - Cryogenic labelstocks for label applications requiring temperatures as low as -320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 degrees Celsius).

    - Labelstocks that resist blistering and delamination caused by outgasses emitted from plastics.

    - Overlaminate films that differentiate products with features like soft touch and hologram.





  • + International Coatings Introduces Cool White Screen Printing In

    International Coatings is proud to introduce its new Cool White 7022 screen printing ink. As part of our FlexCure produc..

    26 March 2019


    International Coatings is proud to introduce its new Cool White 7022 screen printing ink. As part of our FlexCure product group, Cool White 7022  offers a 'flexible' curing range, from a low 275°F to a standard 325°F. 

    With Cool White 7022, we've achieved our goal of developing a breakthrough versatile ink that offers superior performance on a wide variety of substrates - from cotton to 100% polyester and other synthetics. Cool White 7022 is a low-cure, low-bleed ink that is creamy, fast flashing and opaque. It prints equally well on automatic as well as manual presses, and the resulting prints are soft, supple and offer a natural drape. Cool White can be used on hard-to-print synthetic fabrics such as nylon bags, non-woven polypropylene, and polyester sheathing.

    Even when cured at low temperatures,Cool White 7022 prints are stretchy, don't crack or exude any oily residues, and maintain their durability through multiple washes. 

    Cool White 7022, with its 'flexible' curing range, is compatible with International Coatings' standard cure plastisol inks, including specialty and special effects inks. 

    Cool White 7022 is available through International Coatings' network of distributors.





  • + Condé Introduces Shrink Wrap Film Sleeves for Sublimation

    Condé Systems adds shrink wrap film sleeves to its DyeTrans® family of production accessories. Introduced to ..

    26 March 2019


    Condé Systems adds shrink wrap film sleeves to its DyeTrans® family of production accessories. Introduced to remedy the challenges of imaging uniquely shaped products, the 6.875″x9.8125″ sleeves give digital decorators the ability to sublimate an exciting variety of tapered drinkware and handleless wine tumblers using a convection oven.





    To use, simply insert a blank sublimatable product with attached transfer into a film sleeve, shrink the film sleeve with a heat gun to conform to the product’s shape, and then place it into a convection oven for that product’s appropriate temperature and time settings.

    “While most drinkware can be produced in a traditional mug press, tapered mug press, or an oven using a wrap, many of our new drinkware products should be decorated in a convection oven using a shrink wrap bag. This new way of imaging drinkware produces full, all-around images that will impress you and your customers!” says David Gross, President of Condé Systems.

    www.condetv.com





  • + CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-n..

    19 March 2019


    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has dramatically expanded its product line with a powerful new version for Windows and an all-new, graphic design software suite built specifically for macOS. Designed from the ground up to make the most of each unique platform, both packages also include the new CorelDRAW.app™ for easy, on-the-go graphics creation. Finally, users have a true professional design contender available on their platform of choice, empowering the creation of bold, attention-grabbing graphics with pixel-perfect precision.

    Graphics professionals – and those aspiring to be – now have access to world-class vector graphics software, professional photo editing, unsurpassed output capabilities, and AI-powered drawing tools. With CorelDRAW.app, designers can also show off and annotate their work on the go or quickly create new projects from virtually anywhere. Whether they have a passion for pixels, an obsession with output, or a love of layout, users can take control of their individual creative journey and dare to design differently.

    “CorelDRAW has built its reputation as a leading graphics suite that’s focused on professional results, output, and ease of use,” said John Falsetto, Senior Director of Products, CorelDRAW and Productivity. “When it comes to delivering outstanding projects every time, designers deserve real choice. With 2019, we’re bringing the power of CorelDRAW in a truly native experience to the Mac, delivering the high-end tools professionals need.”

    “Celebrating 30 years of graphics excellence, our CorelDRAW team continues to innovate with new products that promise to dramatically change the design software landscape,” said Gérard Métrailler, Executive Vice-President of Global Products at Corel. “With our recent Parallels acquisition and now the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite for Mac, we’ve solidified Corel’s position as a provider of exceptional software that meets the needs of modern knowledge workers across specialties, skill levels, and platforms.”

    Experience the all-new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac.

    CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 delivers the heart and soul of CorelDRAW in a new experience built specifically for Mac.

    1. Complete, Professional Design Toolkit: Explore an expansive toolbox of versatile, intuitive, and integrated applications to express your unique style and impress your audience. Take advantage of CorelDRAW for vector graphic design, illustration, and page layout, Corel PHOTO-PAINT® for photo editing, Corel® Font Manager™ to index and organise font libraries, AfterShot™ 3 HDR for RAW processing, the new CorelDRAW.app to access graphics tools virtually anywhere, and much more.

    1. Leading-Edge Technology: Discover a revolutionary new vector drawing experience that replicates the feel of pen and paper with LiveSketch™ – the industry’s first vector graphic design tool powered by a neural network. Watch as hand-drawn strokes are intelligently interpreted, adjusted, and combined with existing vector curves, making it simple to sketch and draw complex vector shapes on any pen-enabled device.

    1. Unique Experience for macOS: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Mac offers native Mac applications that reflect elements users love most about their favorite platform, including menus, windows and views, fields and labels, and buttons. Support for macOS Mojave Dark Mode and Touch Bar on MacBook Pro add to the suite’s unique look and feel.

    1. Easy to Learn & Use: Don’t fear the blank canvas – jump in and start creating! This powerful collection of applications is loaded with intuitive tools, learning materials, and sample projects to get started easily and create great designs sooner.
    Learn what’s new in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows.

    The latest CorelDRAW Graphics Suite offers an exciting collection of new features to create jaw-dropping designs with more precision and creative freedom than ever. Highlights include:

    1. NEW! Objects Docker: Completely redesigned, the new Objects Docker offers direct control over the structure of a document and quick access to its components to speed up any project.

    1. NEW! Non-Destructive Effects: Apply, modify, and experiment with effects on both vectors and bitmaps, all without altering the source object or image in CorelDRAW.

    1. NEW! Pixel Perfect Workflow: Ensure web graphics are crisp every time. Align the pixel grid to the edge of the page so exported graphics have clean borders, and use the new Align to Pixel Grid button to easily correct shapes.

    1. NEW! Modern Templates: Deliver professional results with a wide range of new, professionally designed templates presented in the enhanced ‘New from template’ dialog. Customize templates with ease to produce unique designs.

    1. ENHANCED! Look, Feel & Performance: Take advantage of interface improvements for easier navigation, greater consistency, and increased productivity. Enjoy performance boosts that improve text handling, startup time, document load times, graphics rendering, and more.
    Work anywhere with the all-new, web-based CorelDRAW.app.

    Included with the Windows and Mac suites, CorelDRAW.app enables you to be more productive and creative on the go. Rounding out the graphic design workflow, use the new web app to access CorelDRAW files stored in the cloud, add annotations and design elements, or start a new project from any device, thanks to innovative tools that empower creativity and deliver incredible results. Enhance your CorelDRAW.app web experience with a subscription to even more professional design options.

    When purchasing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2019 for Windows or Mac, choice is paramount.

    1. Perpetual license: One-time payment for a permanent license with no extra monthly or annual cost.

    1. Subscription license: Pay a low annual fee with the flexibility to cancel if your software needs change. Get access to the latest version as long as your subscription is active.





  • + Esko's Preconfigured Prepress Automation Solution Boosts HP Indigo Label Printer Productivity by up to 50%

    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, labels and wide format sectors,..

    25 February 2019


    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, labels and wide format sectors, showcased the benefits of its latest preconfigured Automation Engine workflow prepress solution for label converters at the HP Indigo Global VIP Event.

    Having partnered with HP Indigo for over fifteen years in the development of digital printing solutions for label printing, Esko and HP Indigo are focussed on delivering next level prepress workflow automation across the entire packaging supply chain.

    Speaking at the event, Adi Levy, CEO of PEERPRINT Ltd., a leading Israeli label and packaging converter utilising HP Indigo digital presses and the recently launched version of Esko Automation Engine for prepress workflow automation, said: “The difference that the combination of these technologies is making to our business is astonishing. We have increased our productivity by up to 50% since implementing Automation Engine in our facility, which took less than one week to install. The speed and accuracy of jobs now reaching the press is outstanding, enabling us to grow and have more flexibility to respond to our customers’ needs.”

    Esko President Mattias Byström commented: “Delivering easy to use, turnkey solutions to simplify operations, driving value and efficiency, is core to Esko’s strategy, and our collaboration with HP Indigo ensures we have a comprehensive offering. Our latest Automation Engine offers  an ‘out of the box’ style solution for label printers to quickly and easily deploy using pre-loaded industry best practice workflows, and the benefits for companies like PEERPRINT are clear for all to see.”

    As a web-based workflow solution, Automation Engine automates prepress tasks, speeds up the process, reduces errors and minimises the need for operator intervention. As a result, Automation Engine enables converters to grow production capacity without increasing headcount. Equipment efficiency and productivity is enhanced and the intuitive nature of the technology ensures no prepress expertise is required in house at the label converter.

    Esko Automation Engine ensures label converters can address workflow automation quickly and simply. The latest pre-configured Automation Engine can be up and running in under a week or a bespoke solution can be designed to the specific converter environment. Once familiar with the best practice workflows, customers can also further fine tune workflows to best match the particular challenges of their production set up.

    Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager of HP Indigo, commented: “Converters are experiencing increasing demand for short run work and faster response times. Globally, HP Indigo digital presses are the leading technology designed to respond to this market trend and it’s clear that prepress automation is key to maximising overall productivity for converters. By automating the prepress, jobs can be delivered faster and more accurately to press to maximise asset utilisation. Working with ESKO we are able to provide a market-leading end-to-end solution to meet the needs of our customers just like PEERPRINT.”

    To find out more about Esko Automation Engine and its collaboration with HP Indigo, please visit www.esko.com





  • + AnaJet, a Ricoh Company, Partners With Kothari Info-Tech to Release Premium RIP Software for Ricoh’s Direct to Garment Printer

    AnaJet, a Ricoh company and global leader in the direct to garment (DTG) industry, has partnered with fellow DTG industr..

    25 February 2019


    AnaJet, a Ricoh company and global leader in the direct to garment (DTG) industry, has partnered with fellow DTG industry leader Kothari Info-Tech to release Kothari Print Pro, a cutting-edge raster image processor (RIP) software configured exclusively for Ricoh DTG machines. 

    “We are incredibly pleased to integrate Kothari Print Pro into another printer platform,” said Sanjay Maheshwari, Director at Kothari Info-Tech (P) Limited. “With Kothari Print Pro’s high-performance capabilities, we knew the RIP would be an excellent way to add functionality and additional value to the new RICOH Ri 1000 as well as to AnaJet’s RICOH Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 machines.”

    All Ricoh DTG printers come with a free license for AnaRIP software, which provides excellent RIP functionality suitable for many applications. The new Kothari Print Pro RIP software, however, now provides a premium option with more advanced capabilities to accommodate power users’ needs.

    “With their robust, industry-leading features, the Ricoh family of DTG printers deserve cutting-edge software,” explained AnaJet Inc. Marketing Director Paul Crocker. “Kothari produced a truly amazing RIP software that helps our customers save time and money while creating even higher quality prints than what was possible in the past.”

    Kothari Print Pro optimises ink usage for black garment printing by employing a patented process that takes the garment’s colour into account when processing a printable image. When a set of standard sample images were tested using “White Highlight” mode with default settings, Kothari Print Pro reduced the average ink costs of a black t-shirt print by over 44 percent when compared to AnaRIP Software.

    To improve overall performance, the RIP software delivers more print profiles that are better optimised for a wider range of garment colours and types. The software provides fine detail and subtle colour gradations, resulting in prints that display richer, brighter, and more accurate colour.

    Unlike other RIP software, Kothari Print Pro also provides convenient options for directly editing the RIP image. Load and position multiple image files or tweak colours on the fly. Kothari Print Pro makes it easy to create beautiful, exceptionally high-quality prints.


    Kothari Print Pro is available for US$1,250.00 for the new RICOH Ri 1000 and $1,800.00 for the industrial-level RICOH Ri 6000. Both versions are now available in AnaJet’s online store. For details on Ricoh’s full line of DTG printers, consumables, and accessories, please visit www.RicohDTG.com





  • + SAi Increases Value Proposition to Customers with Launch of Sign Design Elements

    Reflecting its continued commitment to provide customers with added-value offerings that improve the way they work, SAi ..

    21 February 2019


    Reflecting its continued commitment to provide customers with added-value offerings that improve the way they work, SAi has announced the launch of Sign Design Elements, a comprehensive stock library of over six-and-a-half million downloadable assets for the sign industry.

    Available to customers accessing SAi software on subscription, Sign Design Elements comprises an ever-expanding collection of high-resolution images, logos, fonts, cut-ready vector illustrations, vehicle outlines and wraps, and metallic-ready files. With nearly 23,000 templates alone for global car and truck makes and models, the new portal is expected to prove particularly beneficial to those for whom vehicle wraps is a key application area.

    SAi Flexi software subscribers benefit from five free-of-charge downloads each month, with the opportunity to obtain a hundred more images or templates for just $15 (€15 / £10) per month via simple subscription add-on. The service is available to those on both annual and monthly plans and is easily accessible from the user’s SAi Cloud window.

    “Sign Design Elements responds to the specific needs of sign businesses that increasingly require high-quality images and graphic elements,” says Annette Plummer, Vice President, SAi. “This offering makes it easy for such users to quickly locate and download exactly what they need from one location directly from their SAi software, saving precious time and maintaining throughput.”

    To register for Sign Design Elements, SAi subscription customers can visit here





  • + Kernow Coatings launches KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo

    Kernow Coatings, the global leader in the development of digitally printable synthetic substrates, announced today the l..

    18 February 2019


    Kernow Coatings, the global leader in the development of digitally printable synthetic substrates, announced today the launch of KernowPrint Lucid clear polyester synthetic sheets – a new material built using the company's proprietary Cobalt Coating Technology for HP Indigo.

    KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo expands the range of materials offered by Kernow and provides users with an ultra-clear printable film for commercial printing special effects, industrial nameplates, and button panel applications. 

    KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo is a new product that expands the existing KernowPrint for HP Indigo synthetic materials range from Kernow Coatings. The polyester based film delivers high optical clarity and is well suited for applications requiring high transparency, windows, and specialty print needs. To aid in feeding, the KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo features an opaque paper backing that can be easily removed after printing. In addition, the material takes advantage of the Kernow Cobalt Coating Technology for HP Indigo to create an optimal surface for ink adhesion and colour vibrancy, while fully controlling static during printing and post-processing. Users can deliver high-durability prints that repel liquids, greases, and oils, including harsh industrial chemicals. Based on a polyester core, KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo can handle repeated folding and handling, including strenuous use in applications such as machine button panels and membrane switches.

    The KernowPrint Lucid clear synthetic material for HP Indigo is available in a range of sheet sizes for any HP Indigo press and comes in 105, 130 and 180 micron thick sheets.

    The newly released material joins the growing range of synthetic products for HP Indigo driven by Kernow's Cobalt Coating Technology. The combination of high optical clarity, extreme durability and easy handling has led customers to early successes in markets, such as industrial manufacturing, promotional piece embellishment, and greeting card special effects.

    “The success of our Cobalt Coating Technology with customers has been above and beyond anything we expected”, states Dan Lawellin, HP Indigo Materials Product Manager for Kernow Coatings. “As customers have come to trust Cobalt, optically clear materials have been one of the top requested products by our closest partners. KernowPrint Lucid for HP Indigo gives us a way to answer those needs with a material that is tough, durable, and easy to use. The HP Indigo press is perfectly suited for short run and variable needs of markets such as membrane switches. By providing customers with a new high clarity material, they can take advantage of the digital print technology and further transition business from traditional screen and offset prints to the more lucrative digital presses. Outside of industrial print, we're seeing designers really jump on this product for layered special effects that add excellent depth to promotion pieces and greeting cards.”

    KernowPrint Lucid Clear Polyester for HP Indigo is launching worldwide through distributors in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia.





  • + Write On/Wipe Off with Drytac's WipeErase Films

    Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has..

    18 February 2019


    Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced the global availability of two new exciting additions to its WipeErase range of films.

    Drytac ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White are both designed to be written on with standard dry-erase markers to create a whiteboard anywhere - an ideal practical solution for environments including schools, universities, offices, hospitals, retail stores and more. In addition, their anti-graffiti properties allow for easy removal of permanent markers, while they can both be branded or decorated using UV printing technology.

    Drytac's ReTac WipeErase is a 6 mil (150 micron) white dry-erase film, coated with a scratch- and stain-resistant lacquer that is guaranteed for up to ten years. The film is easy to handle, can be applied to a smooth surface and can be taken down and repositioned with no loss of adhesion and leaving no residue, thanks to its integrated ReTac Permanently Peelable Adhesive. Unlike a whiteboard, it won't suffer from ink staining or ghosting.

    Shaun Holdom, Global Product  Manager at Drytac, comments: "ReTac WipeErase is ideal as a replacement for whiteboards and flip charts, where sheets can be moved around to help with visualising and planning, and then taken away for future use. It essentially provides an 'A-frame whiteboard in a tube'. This product is also hugely beneficial in a retail environment where messages need to be moved around the store relevant to specific product ranges."

    These innovative attributes have already won fans in the graphics industry: ReTac WipeErase topped the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category in the SGIA Product of the Year awards in 2018. These prestigious awards were announced ahead of the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October 2018 and recognised the most exciting products to be showcased at the event, selected by knowledgeable industry professionals.

    Drytac's second new product, WipeErase White, has a permanent adhesive for locations where the signage will not need to be moved, such as wall coverings, restaurant menus and whiteboards. It is a 6 mil (150 micron) film with excellent durability and scratch resistance.

    "The WipeErase White film incorporates Drytac's adhesive expertise to deliver a product that is very easy to apply, yet remains firmly intact for many years," explains Shaun Holdom. "When it is time to remove or replace the film, it will leave no residue and the area can have new media applied to it immediately."

    As well as offering 'a whiteboard in a roll', both Drytac ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White can be used to resurface existing whiteboards to give them a new lease of life.

    Holdom explains: "Whiteboards often suffer from 'ghosting', making them look grey and shaded. In time, the pens used on these boards scratch the surface and when rubbed off leave a very faint impression of previous writing. Once this has happened, there is no way of repairing the whiteboard itself and so the ghosting needs to be put up with, or the board replaced. A sheet of one of our WipeErase products applied to a whiteboard essentially makes it as good as new and is considerably cheaper than replacing it. Do this across a whole organisation and the savings could be huge."





  • + Mimaki launches new Metallic UV Ink, opening creative possibilities for customers

    Supporting an ideology of "New technology for creating the next generation of digital printing," MIMAKI ENGINEERING prom..

    29 January 2019


    Supporting an ideology of "New technology for creating the next generation of digital printing," MIMAKI ENGINEERING promotes "Surface Imaging", which is a premium added-value printing technology that pushes the known boundaries of graphic expression beyond that of ordinary UV inkjet printers. Metallic expression that uses glitters and foils is a special technique that provides a luxurious and exclusive effect to the printed product. However, it imposes an extra workload on the operators since the metallic process must be handled manually after printing.

    By mixing a special bright pigment into the ink, the newly developed UV-curable metallic ink "MUH-100-Si" is able to place UV metallic ink directly on the product without the need for a separate glitter or foil transfer process. Another plus is that applying the in-house printing technology created by the "Surface Imaging" makes available decorative options such as printing both gloss and matte tones, texture expression with embossing effect, and colour metallic expression by printing colour ink overlaid on metallic ink. These provide higher added value to the customer's printed product.

    This new ink can be used in a wide range of applications since it is possible to print with UV metallic directly on items such as paper containers and films in addition to a very small lot of novelty items, miscellaneous goods and other formed products.

    Main characteristics

    1. MMC (Mimaki Metallic Control) printing technology to print both gloss and matte tones
    MMC (Mimaki Metallic Control) that prints both gloss and matte tones with one type of metallic ink was created by expanding on the clear ink selective printing technology developed in-house by MCC (Mimaki Clear Control). The range of expression can be expanded according to the application by selecting the beautiful gloss tone print with a shiny mirror finish or a matte tone print that gives a glistening effect by irregular light reflection while limiting the shiny glitter tone.

    2. Texture expression with embossing effect
    Texture expression is easily printed by changing the ink jet concentration since the ink is instantly cured by UV light when applied to the printing object. The texture expression whose appearance changes according to the light reflection provides a vastly higher level of performance appeal.

    3. Full-colour metallic expression
    Colour metallic expression is possible by printing with coloured ink on top of metallic ink. The range of expression can be expanded to a nearly unlimited degree by combining the application of metallic, colour and colour metallic according to the design.

    4. Printable on wide range of materials using UV-curing inkjet
    The most outstanding feature of the UV-curing inkjet printer is that it is printable on widely diverse materials since it cures ink by instantly exposing the ink to UV light when the ink is applied to the object for printing. Conventional analog printing had issues such as being printable only on specific materials such as paper and film. Moreover, the unit cost is high when the lot quantity is less than a certain amount. MUH-100-Si will give a high added value to novelty goods and ordered goods, and drastically widen the scope of customer business since it is printable on a wide range of materials and there is no change in unit cost even in very small production lot.

    “This new release LED UV-curable metallic ink, named MUH-100-Si, will be available February 2019," said Brad Creoghton, National Marketing Manager, Mimaki Australia. "The new ink strengthens Mimaki’s product offering and pushes the boundaries of graphic expression beyond that of ordinary UV flatbed inkjet printers. The ink is compatible with Mimaki’s UJF-7151plus printer, which produces high-quality print for an impressive range of industries, from gifts, novelty items and industrial type printing applications. The new ink demonstrates how digital print enables creative ideas to be realised highly efficiently in the product manufacturing process. Whilst metallic effects can generally require further processing, Mimaki’s new technology can be used to produce impactful prints without cost or time restraints.”


    www.mimakiaus.com.au





  • + New EFI Fiery FS350 Pro Software Raises the Bar in Digital Print Integration and Productivity

    EFI revealed its latest digital front end (DFE) technology for advanced, high-end digital print production. New EFI Fier..

    29 January 2019


    EFI revealed its latest digital front end (DFE) technology for advanced, high-end digital print production. New EFI Fiery FS350 Pro software will give graphic arts professionals more power, productivity and versatility in digital printing. The new Fiery offering – which EFI showed for the first time this week at its annual Connect users conference in Las Vegas – will be available starting this quarter in high-end production DFEs for EFI partners’ new, advanced digital printers and presses.

    “With this new platform release, we are continuing to stay ahead of market requirements, ensuring that customers can be as productive and versatile as possible,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing and sales, EFI. “Fiery FS350 Pro delivers unrivalled productivity from prepress to finishing across a wide range of digital printing engines, plus it provides even better colour results for high-value print products.”

    This versatile DFE software offers new features in the key areas that print customers care about: colour and imaging, productivity, management tools and connectivity. New DFEs based on EFI Fiery FS350 Pro software will drive digital printers and presses from several leading manufacturers, across sheetfed, high-speed continuous feed, B1 folding carton, and corrugated digital production systems, including both toner and inkjet technologies. Canon will be the first to launch a new DFE featuring Fiery FS350 Pro in the near future.

    The new release also will help customers better manage their print production, using the industry’s most intuitive and integrated DFE offerings, including the ability to establish automated, bi-directional communication and integration with EFI’s market-leading MIS/ERP and web-to-print products. Users also can unify production operations for all Fiery Driven printers – including wide-format and superwide-format inkjet printers – from a single EFI Fiery Command WorkStation interface.

    Leading-edge technology for advanced digital print efficiency

    FS350 Pro, Fiery Command WorkStation and additional Fiery workflow products for the new DFE software offer a range of production enhancements and advantages including:

    • New Fiery make-ready features. Users can automate prepress and finishing stages, reducing job preparation time by up to 70%, with Fiery Impose software and Duplo Slitter/Cutter/Creasers. This productivity advantage includes a new integration with the Duplo DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater that enables operators to accomplish seven previously manual file preparation tasks in a single step.
    • Enhanced image control with Fiery JobMaster software. New image editing capabilities give users the power to touch up scanned pages without leaving the Fiery JobMaster application using installed third-party image editors, including Microsoft Paint, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop and Preview.
    • Support for Adobe APPE 4.4. This new support in Fiery FS350 Pro software helps to deliver exceptional performance for all jobs. This includes overprinting of up to 123 spot colours, support for CMYK+ transparency rendering, and improved processing performance for jobs with transparencies.
    • CMYK+ Support. The new DFE software provides more-complete management and estimating capabilities for Fiery Driven digital presses and printers that feature additional white, metallic, clear or spot colours. This includes a new Smart White feature that saves ink/toner and improves quality for full-colour jobs printed on clear or coloured media by ensuring white is only used where actually needed.
    • More-efficient system maintenance. The new Fiery Installer Builder launching with FS350 Pro completes the set of tools that allow technicians to easily backup, restore, upgrade and maintain all Fiery DFEs in an organisation. It eliminates the need for physical media when installing software or upgrades while maximising press uptime for the customer.





  • + Jet Technologies offers new laminating films

    Jet Technologies offers new laminating films Jet Technologies has launched a new textured matte film, Rough Touch, ..

    22 January 2019


    Jet Technologies offers new laminating films

    Jet Technologies has launched a new textured matte film, Rough Touch, featuring a unique rough, gritty feel.

    Released this year, Rough Touch thermal matte film provides a new touch and feel that meets consumer demands for luxury looks and sensations in products.

    ‘The new sandy film is the biggest variation in film to hit the market since the hugely popular Soft Touch film, which offers an ultra-matte silky feel laminate,’ said Jack Malki, director, Jet Technologies. ‘We expect that the Rough Touch film will follow in the footsteps of Soft Touch and prove highly popular amongst our customers who specialise in luxury printing and packaging. We see Rough Touch being a really good fit for curious industries looking for a gritty feel - anything from building and beach to coffee and culture.’

    It provides a high-quality matte finish with enhanced color and is applied in the same way as any other conventional film. It offers extra protection for printed jobs through avoiding scuffing and curling.

    The film is also compatible with a range of finishes such as spot UV or hot stamping and is able to be glued and printed on by traditional offset with oxidative inks (specifically for non-porous materials), offset UV and screen printing.





  • + Digital Ink Sciences Announces New Dye Sublimation Ink for Wide-Format Textile Printers

    Digital Ink Sciences Announces New Dye Sublimation Ink for Wide-Format Textile Printers Digital Ink Sciences announ..

    22 January 2019


    Digital Ink Sciences Announces New Dye Sublimation Ink for Wide-Format Textile Printers

    Digital Ink Sciences announced two new ink formulations designed to solve the common yet vexing problem of nozzle dry-out within the aqueous dye sublimation market. The new ink formulations allow the printhead to remain off the capping station dramatically longer than traditional inks.

    The DIS1000 and DIS3000 series inks are breakthrough formulations, available in both a mid-viscosity and high-viscosity variety. Their unique technology and chemistry boasts the longest decap time in the industry.

    Digital Ink Sciences has a reputation for developing water-based textile inks that create vibrant colours with short cure times while also saving on maintenance costs. The newest ink formulations are specifically well suited for wide-format dye-sublimation printers.

    The DIS1000 Series is a Mid-Viscosity ink designed for Epson and Mimaki printheads.

    Epson:
    DX5, DX6, DX7, 5110, 77, 79, 97
    SC-S70680, 50680, 30680, F5080, F7080, F718
    SureColor F6200, F7200, F9200

    Mimaki:
    JV2, JV22, JV3, JV4, JV5

    The DIS3000 Series is a High-Viscosity ink designed for:
    SEIKO, RICOH, KYOCERA, STARFIRE, KONICA

    Grant French, Business Development Manager for Digital Ink Sciences, said: "The 1000 and 3000 series ink sets are surpassing our highest expectations for dye-sub transfers. We're getting beautiful vibrant colours, deeper blacks, and excellent jettability with no clogging or misdirected nozzles.

    French says the DIS1000 and DIS3000 inks can even reduce head travel time and save ink costs on wide format runs. "The extremely long decap time means you don't have to print those end of line full-colour bars on wide prints," he said.

    The ink sets require fewer head cleanings and flushes, which means operators can keep the machines running longer.

    Additional Benefits:

    Ink Stability
    Better "Jetability"
    Maintains Nozzle Integrity
    Lower Maintenance
    Faster Cure Times
    Incredible Blacks
    Wide Colour Gamut
    Improved Wash-ability
    Print Durability
    Flexibility
    Both inks feature faster cure times. Reduced cure times increase bottom line profits on every print.





  • + Heidelberg Assistant celebrates first anniversary with over 700 users

    Heidelberg Assistant celebrates first anniversary with over 700 users One year from its launch, the Heidelberg Assi..

    15 January 2019


    Heidelberg Assistant celebrates first anniversary with over 700 users

    One year from its launch, the Heidelberg Assistant customer portal is now in operation at over 400 print shops with over 700 users – and has just won the 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award in the United States. The platform is currently being rolled out in Japan, Poland and Austria. The OEM’s new digital customer communication platform was launched as a pilot in Canada, the United States, Germany and Switzerland in January of 2018.

    The Heidelberg Assistant digitisation solution paves the way for creating and ensuring the smooth operation of a company’s new digital business models. Customers benefit from a transparent process workflow together with smart and efficient print-shop operation. Each user has personal access to the customer portal and obtains an overview of his or her print shop’s service and maintenance status – including helpful data-driven ‘failure predictions.’ Users also benefit from “access to the sector’s largest knowledge database.” In addition, they can access big-data performance analyses that can also boosting productivity. Heidelberg is currently using the technology for further market scaling of its existing big-data applications, such as Predictive Monitoring and Performance Consulting.

    “Digitisation is becoming increasingly important at a great many print shops, and our customers appreciate the digital service portfolio we offer them 24/7 with Heidelberg Assistant,” said Professor Ulrich Hermann, Member of the Management Board and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “Designed as an open digital platform, it’s used by customers of all sizes and from all segments with their own personal Heidelberg ID.” User feedback is equally positive. Jeff Taylor, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing at Hemlock Printers in Vancouver added: “This is exactly the data and information we need to manage production efficiently.”

    To coincide with the first anniversary of its market launch, Heidelberg Assistant has won a 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award from the U.S.-based International Data Group (IDG), a world-leading supplier of technology media and data/marketing services. The award is a sought-after accolade that goes to 50 organisations each year for digital innovations that improve business success, modernise operations and enhance the customer experience. “Winning a 2019 Digital Edge 50 Award underlines that we have our finger on the pulse with the Heidelberg Assistant, and have assumed a leading industry role in digitising customer communications,” Hermann added.