Konica Minolta Introduces AccurioWide Printers

At the 2018 SGIA Expo, Konica Minolta showcased two new wide-format UV LED inkjet printers. Both printers are designed to give sign shops, screen printers, photo labs, commercial printers, and franchise printers the image quality and reliable performance they need to produce a variety of products, including:

  • Backlit signs, billboards, and banners
  • Art or photographs on glass or textured canvas
  • Window clings and floor graphics
  • Industrial labels for hazard communications,pipe marking, and equipment panels
  • Vehicle wraps or fleet markings
  • Vinyl or textile banners
  • Yard signs and other corrugated substrates
  • Wood, metal, glass, and PVC objects such as promotional products or gifts

The Accurio Wide 160 and Accurio Wide 200 printers can output images on both flexible roll materials and rigid media up to 1.77 inches thick.

The Konica Minolta Accurio Wide 200 can print on material up to 2 meters wide (6.7 feet ). It can print high quality images in six colors (CMYKLcLm). It also includes 2 channels of white ink. The printer includes large media tables that can accommodate  printing on large, rigid materials up to 10.5 ft.long.

AccurioWide 200

The Konica Minolta Accurio Wide 160 can print on materials up to 1.6 meters wide (5.4 feet). This printer can be configured to print in either 6 colors (CMYKLcLm) or 4 colors (CMYK) plus White (2 channels). The media tables are available as an option.

AccurioWide 160

The printers use Konica Minolta’s own 1024i printhead nozzle technology and powerful, air-cooled UV LED for ink curing. The KM1024 printhead technology enables simultaneous emission from all 1,024 nozzles with a high-density structure that features four lines of 256 nozzles aligned with high precision for accurate positioning.

The UV-LED lamps save production time, reduce costs, and are environmentally sustainable. Because the LED curing lamps are cool to the touch and have minimal heat output, the Accurio Wide printers can print on heat-sensitive substrates such as thin film, self-adhesive sheets, or stretch PVC materials.

“Our wide-format printers, using our industry-leading printhead technology, produce superior quality images while reducing the cost of ownership,” said Dino Pagliarello, vice president of product management and planning at Konica Minolta. Many features of the printers are designed to reduce the use of consumables. 

Features

AccurioWide printers are engineered to provide state-of-the-art image quality and a high level of productivity. Features include:

A Reinforced Beam that ensures that the printhead shuttle moves flawlessly and provides accurate placements of each droplet;

Shuttle Safety Sensors that prevent recessed printheads from touching the substrate and getting damaged;

Automated Media Handling systems that make loading media a smooth, accurate process;

Ionization Bars mounted on the carriage to remove electrostatic charges on the substrate and ensure accurate ink droplet placement;

An Automatic Ink Refill System controlled by a monitoring system that detects UV ink levels;

A Touchscreen mounted an a swivel arm that allows the operator to view spooled files to be  printed.  The print files are stored on an Internal Server with a hard drive capacity of 1. TB. The internal server ensures fast spooling and secure transfer of large amounts of data.

Inflatable Airshafts on both the unwinding and winding side assure perfect tension and wrinkle-free printing of materials printed in the roll-to-roll mode. (The inflatable airshafts are standard on the AccurioWide 200, and available as an option on the AccurioWide 160.)

Large Media Tables allow printing on large rigid materials up to a length of 10.5 feet.

Konica-Minolta UV-Curable Inks

The AccurioWide series uses high-performance UV-curable inks recognized for the lowest ink consumption per square meter. It’s “pigment-shield technology” is a patented pigment dispersion technology specifically designed for UV-curable inks. It guarantees high color density and ink stability that contributes to a long ink shelf life when stored under normal conditions.

The inks are instantly dry, meaning that prints can be handled immediately. The inks are also designed for superior adhesion, resistance to abrasion and chemicals, outstanding consistency, and no emissions of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Advanced White Printing

The AccurioWide series include white-layered printing in pre-white, post-white, and sandwiched white modes. To limit the risk of inks resettling and blocking the lines or printheads, the printers white inks are constantly stirred and circulated.

Production Workflow Software

AccurioPro WideDirector is production workflow software that standardizes processes for printing sign and display jobs. It enables you to control the entire printing process, including preflighting files, managing color, and sending data to automated print finishing equipment.

The automated preflighting checks PDF files to identify and flag potential production issues early in the process. With WideDirector’s intuitive interface, the operator can see what will print and make last-minute changes with ease.

The interface is integrated with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE). The APPE manages the generation of PDF master files and and eliminates the need for manual intervention.  The APPE helps ensure end-to-end consistency across all printing devices.

Color management tools help ensure color quality, consistency, and accurate reproduction. AccurioPro WideDirector color tools include calibrated print modes, spot-color conversion based on PANTONE libraries, and patented technology to create smooth vignettes.

To provide even more control, you can add Konica Minolta’s FD-9 Scanning Spectrophotometer. This device combines speed, precision, ease of use, and versatility for accurate profiling and color management.

Additional modules support specific needs such as:

An XML to JDF connection to integrate to existing online storefronts;

The creation of one-way vision window-perf graphics on less expensive, easier-to-handle clear films; or

The layout of seamless print designs used for wall coverings and floorings

A browser-based production dashboard for gathering reports on ink and media consumption. It can be used as an estimating and cost tracking tool.

For more information about Konica Minolta’s AccurioWide printers, visit:
https://kmbs.konicaminolta.us/kmbs/technology/wide-format-printer.

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iTEK Graphics Adds EFI VUTEk Superwide Hybrid Inkjet Printer for Retail Signs

Six years after first adopting digital printing, iTek Graphics has completed its largest-ever investment in superwide-format inkjet printing. The Concord, North Carolina-based company has installed a 126-inch wide EFI™ VUTEk® HS125 Pro hybrid inkjet press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The EFI VUTEk superwide printer uses UV-curable inks to produce graphics on either flat, rigid substrates or rolls of flexible materials.

 

The new press replaces an older hybrid inkjet printer the company used. iTek Graphics will use the added production capacity of the EFI VUTEk HS125 Pro to meet the growing customer demand for high-quality retail point-of-purchase (POP) signage and graphics.

iTek Graphics will primarily print retail display promotional signage on styrene and corrugated plastic. Much of that signage will be for a grocery chain that relies on iTek Graphics for its printing needs at locations across eight states.

‘The most bang for the buck’

“We looked at all the high-volume, high-quality superwide-format inkjet presses in the market,” said iTek Graphics Owner John Rawlins, “and while they all offered high-quality printing, the decision came down to which press offered the best combination of price, speed and price per square foot for ink. The VUTEk gives us the most bang for the buck.”

Printing at speeds up to 125 boards per hour, the VUTEk HS125 Pro has eight channels, including two white inks, and delivers premium-quality, grayscale imaging on a broad range of flexible and rigid substrates up to 2 inches thick. A three-quarter automated material handling system installed with the press ensures faster loading and off-loading to maintain high productivity.

Integrated productivity for high-volume digital print

iTek Graphics also offers sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital printing. The company has long relied on EFI MIS/ERP workflow software to drive efficiencies in its overall business and production management operations.

The EFI Fiery® proServer digital front end iTek Graphics installed to drive its new superwide-format inkjet press integrates directly with the EFI Midmarket Print Suite workflow the company uses to manage the business.

That seamless connectivity into iTek Graphics’ overall workflow will reduce the time needed to estimate, schedule and deliver jobs printed on the new inkjet press.

“Digital is an important part of our business,” Rawlins said. “When we moved into our current facility 14 months ago, 40 percent of our business was digital. Now, with the new HS125 press, our digital printing revenues should reach the 50 percent mark by the end of the year.”

For more information about superwide-format inkjet graphics production with EFI VUTEk products, visit www.efi.com. To see many of the imaginative applications possible with EFI print technology, visit www.ImagingofThings.com.

General Marketing Solutions Is Redefining How Print Is Purchased

General Marketing Solutions (GMS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota is an integrated marketing services company that creates, executes and manages data and communication solutions across all marketing channels for all types of enterprises. They help clients coordinate digital marketing, direct mail campaigns, social media, e-mail, printed collateral, wide-format graphics, and fulfillment.

To expand their range of digital printing services, GMS recently installed a Konica Minolta Accurio-Jet KM-1 UV Inkjet PressThe press uses UV-curable inks to produce up to 3,000 instantly dry sheets per hour. It can print on a wide variety of materials including packaging board, plastics, synthetic materials, lightweight papers, and textured stock without any pre-treatments. The KM-1 handle sheets up to 23 x 29.5 inches.

“At GMS, our focus is to redefine how print is bought,” said Kurt Gonyea, President and CEO of GMS. “We bring to the table a solutions-oriented process that starts each conversation with strategy and return on investment. We wanted to invest in technology that would offer a full complement of printing capabilities to support this philosophy and fulfill our customers’ critical color needs and timeline requirements.”

(Left to right) Bill Troxil, SVP Strategic Business Development, Konica Minolta Solutions; Kurt Gonyea, President/CEO, GMS; Troy Mone, Manufacturing Manager, GMS; James Trowbridge, Director of Manufacturing, GMS. (Photo: Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.)

The AccurioJet KM-1 can be used for a variety of applications, including 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, narrow format signage, dust jackets, and wrap-around book covers. The KM-1 is ideal for projects that require variable data or duplex printing.

From Liquid Toner to Inkjet

Troy Mone, manufacturing manager of GMS, noted that the company had been using traditional liquid toner presses and it just seemed like the right time to move to an inkjet press: “After monitoring inkjet technology for years, we decided the best fit for our company was the AccurioJet KM-1.” He said the company has worked with Konica Minolta for in the past and is happy with their responsiveness and support.

GMS managers said the switch to inkjet technology has paid off. The AccurioJet KM-1 delivers outstanding stability in color and provides a wider and deeper color gamut than previous digital presses. They were also impressed with the color accuracy and image quality.

The Accurio-Jet KM-1 uses internal inline Konica Minolta sensing technology to automatically detect and correct image flaws.

Because the inkjet heads and other components can be replaced by it employees, GMS expects to be able to reduce downtime.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. offers customers the latest technology to help their businesses move forward. Konica Minolta is committed to providing the highest quality machines, inkjet technology, customization, and technical support services during installation and beyond.

Bill Troxil, senior vice president of strategic business development for Konica Minolta, said “We are excited about our new strategic partnership with Kurt Gonyea and his team at GMS. GMS is one of the top marketing services companies in the United States, providing a wide array of clients with leading-edge technology.” Troxil is confident that his customer’s success will continue for years to come. He believes GMS and its clients have gained a competitive edge because, “The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press provides GMS the widest flexibility of substrates in the marketplace.”

Canon’s Océ Colorado 1640 Printer Introduces UVgel Technology

Canon Oce Colorado 1640

Canon’s fast new 64-inch Océ Colorado 1640 roll-to-roll printer will make its first public debut in the U.S. at the ISA Sign Expo 2017 in Las Vegas. Designed for the efficient, cost-effective production of high quality indoor and outdoor graphics, the Océ Colorado 1640 is the first printer with Canon’s new UVgel technology. The technology combines:

  • a radically new UV-curable ink that instantly gels on contact with the media;
  • an advanced “self-aware” piezoelectric printhead technology;
  • an LED unit that cures without adding damaging heat to the media;
  • continuous on-the-fly printhead nozzle monitoring and performance compensation.

The industrial graphics production printer is built to withstand high duty cycles and output higher print volumes.

Canon Oce Colorado 1640

“We are very excited about this revolutionary new game changing technology” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new technology will help large format print providers to increase their print production while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their businesses.”

Canon believes small, midsize and even large production shops can benefit from the printer’s speed, ability to print many different types of graphics, fast and easy media loading, quality-assured unattended printing, innovations in automation, and low operating costs .

Productivity

The Océ Colorado 1640 is engineered to efficiently produce very high print quality across a range of applications. It boasts a top speed of 1710 square feet per hour and delivers high quality POP prints at 430 square feet per hour.

Features that contribute to high-quality/high-speed printing include the UVgel ink and state-of-the-art LED-UV curing system. The UVgel ink instantly gels on contact with media for precise dot gain, position control, and perfectly repeatable images. The low-temperature LED-UV curing system moves independently from the printing carriage for uniform, instantly cured, durable prints.

Unattended printing with automated quality assurance, automated roll changing, and reduced print waste also contribute to the productivity of the system.

Innovations in Automation

The heavy-duty drawer mechanism on the Océ Colorado 1640 can hold two rolls of media, each weighing up to 110 lbs. The two rolls can be the same media type and size or different media. Once the jobs are initialized, the print engine can switch jobs between rolls without operator assistance.

If an unknown media is loaded, the printer will automatically measure its thickness and adjust the print gap accordingly. This ensures the best possible print quality and reduces the risk of printhead crashes. This information is then stored in the media library along with other media parameters so that the next time this type of media is loaded, the printer knows exactly how to handle it.

Canon Oce Colorado 1640 large format printer

 

Reliability is key for a true production-oriented printer, and the machine must be able to print while unattended. So Canon has developed several innovative technologies for on-the­-fly quality assurance and control.

The UVgel printheads incorporate patented continuous nozzle monitoring to detect and correct any under-performing nozzles. During every printing pass, Canon’s patented nozzle monitoring technology automatically checks all nozzles using acoustic sampling. It can even detect whether nozzles are going to misfire before they actually do. In the event of nozzle failure, corrective maintenance is automatically performed.

Broad Application Range

The Océ Colorado 1640 is excellent for both indoor and outdoor applications. It delivers a large color gamut similar to solvent inks but offers the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV-cured systems. The result is nearly odorless, VCL-free, durable, colorfast, high quality prints even on the thinnest, most heat-sensitive media.

The ultra-thin ink dispersion of UVgel technology has almost no discernible physical profile on the media surface. Compared to other UV ink systems, prints feel noticeably smoother. The prints satisfy the highest environmental standards for indoor usage with a virtually odorless profile.

An important factor in print quality and application range on roll-to-roll printers is the accuracy with which the printer advances the media. The media-handling system on the Océ Colorado 1640 is supported by a heavy, rigid frame and equipped with industrial components, including an optical feedback loop that continuously monitors media advance. Using virtually invisible printed index marks at the edges of the media, the system measures media advances in real time to automatically correct the subsequent step size as needed.

Low Operating Costs

The low operating costs of the Océ Colorado 1640 can be attributed to lower ink consumption, competitively priced ink, and automation that substantially reduces the need for operator oversight and intervention.

‘Canon is looking forward to the U.S. debut of this product at the ISA Show,” said Kuwamura. “We know that there has been a lot of anticipation around this technology and we are very excited about what the future will bring.”

See What Artists Do With Dye Sublimation and Flatbed UV Printers

War Zone Game Board Spinner

If you own UV flatbed printers or dye sublimation printers, it can be difficult to imagine all of the creative ways the equipment can be used. So consider inviting a few local artists, designers, and makers into your shop and ask how they might use the printers’ capabilities.

For example, in January Roland DGA and artist Bonny Pierce Lhotka hosted a 3-day Imaginarium project at Roland’s headquarters in Irvine, California. Lhotka, author of the book ‘Hacking the Digital Print,’ helps photographers and artists understand how photographic images can be output or transferred to dozens of different surfaces. She has experimented with creative photo composition and printmaking techniques to create original mixed-media artworks on many surfaces beyond art papers and canvas.

During the Roland Imaginarium event, six artists, photographers, and multimedia designers made art with Roland VersaUV LEC printer/cutters, VersaUV LEF benchtop flatbed printers, and Texart dye-sublimation printers. Jay Roberts, product manager for UV devices at Roland DGA, led a team of printing experts who helped the Imaginarium artists experiment with different processes, materials, and machines.

Ladies of the Night Book Box by Dorothy Krause
“Ladies of the Night” box printed on Roland VersaUV LEF-300 flatbed printer. Photo from Dorothy Simpson Krause

Artist Dorothy Simpson Krause came up with two thought-provoking projects: a limited edition art book (“Ladies of the Night”) housed in a decorated aluminum box and “WarZone,” a traveling board game with no winners.

Art Book in Decorated Aluminum Box

“Ladies of the Night” is a concertina book, meaning that the pages are printed in one continuous strip and folded like an accordion. When you grip the folded pages in one hand, you can flip through pages with the other. For this art book project, a 9.5 x 57-inch print was folded to 12 pages (9.5 x 11.5 inches each). It was housed in a 10 x 12-in. aluminum box that was printed with an image from the book.

Pages from Ladies of the Night art book by Dorothy Krause

The pages featured digitally manipulated photographs Krause had taken in 2003 of twin performance artists Abigail and Emily Taylor for a series called “Body + Soul.” Text on the final page of the “Ladies of the Night” book provides statistics about prostitution in the United States.

“My project had several distinct challenges,” says Krause. “The ink needed to be as rich on the reverse as on the front and not soak into the uncoated back side. The prints had to be scored and folded into pages without having inks crack on the edges of folds. And the images on the back and front of the 57-inch long print had to be perfectly aligned.”

Art book printed on Roland Versa UV LEC printer cutter

Jay Roberts recommended ways to resolve these issues. The books was printed with Roland’s Eco-UV S ink on a VersaUV LEC printer/cutter. The VersaUV printer typically prints on a range of flexible materials used in package printing.

The Eco-UV S ink is dense and flexible and was designed to shrink or stretch when wrapping vehicles.

For the “Ladies of the Night” book, the ink produced deep rich blacks on both the coated and uncoated surfaces of Roland’s Premium Matte Paper. And the ink didn’t crack when the pages were folded. A scoring machine was used to make indentations for folding the pages.

“The paper and ink were so heavy, it would have been difficult to score the pages by hand,” says Krause.

A Roland VersaUV LEF-300 flatbed printer was used to print the aluminum box that holds the book. To replicate the look and feel of an embossed book cover, a layer of clear gloss ink was applied to the letters of the book title.

To prepare the image the cover image for the box, the white on the costume was selected in Photoshop, saved as a spot channel and designated to print as a 100% white base layer on the aluminum. After the image layer was printed, the clear gloss layer was applied, using a file that included only the letters of the image with the red omitted.

Before the box was printed, the edges were taped to keep them clean from overspray from the printer. An outline template was printed on the surface of the flatbed to ensure consistent placement as the layers were printed.

As an add-on to the book project, Krause used Roland’s Texart RT-640 Dye Sublimation printer to transfer six images from the book onto 11 x 14 –inch aluminum panels that had been painted white and treated with a polymer coating.

Dot Krause images printed on aluminum panels at Roland DGA

The images were first printed in reverse with dye-sub inks onto dye-sub-transfer paper. The image transfer occurred when the prints were subjected to a controlled amount of heat and pressure in a flatbed heat press. During the heat transfer process, the inks became gases that permeated the coated surface of the metal. The print are very durable and scratch resistant and feel smooth to the touch.

“The white details of the costume are crisp and vibrant, while the underlying metals provides a glowing reflectivity,” said Krause.

War Zone: A Game Without Winners

“War Zone” is a traveling board game with no winners. The suitcase-like polystyrene box, game board, spinner, and “us” and “them” checker-like magnets were designed by Dorothy Krause and printed on Roland devices.

After printing an outline for the box on the surface of the UV VersaUV LEF 300  flatbed printer, the box a white layer was printed under the entire title, followed by a layer of gray and red. Ink. Two layers of gloss ink was printed over the “War Zone” title to provide an embossed-like effect.

The box was lined with contour-cut board printed with an image of the first atomic bomb blast and text about the nature of armed conflict and human aggression. A spinner board was contour cut and printed with a map that shows countries with ongoing military conflicts.

A checkerboard-like game board was printed on 9 x 12-inch matte board with the “rules of engagement” printed across the bottom. The “soldiers” are red and black magnets that were printed with white ink to read “us” or “them.”

 

War Zone game pieces printed on Roland VersaUV LEF-300

Other Projects at Imaginarium

In addition to Bonny Lhotka and Dorothy Krause, other artists at the 2017 Roland Imaginarium included Jake Welin, Ileana Frometa Grillo, Karin Schminke, and Sean Teegarden. They used Roland printers to transfer photos and multi-layered image compositions onto pre-painted and plaster-treated canvases, transparent films, film reels, birchwood, pre-cut wood panels, and other unique media.

In a blog post that showcases the work of the six artists, Ben Fellowes of Roland DGA writes, “It was a pleasure to watch this talented group of artists at work and eye-opening to see what they did with our printing technology. At Roland, we have always understood the potential of our machines as fine art tools.”

Roland Equipment

The printers used at the Roland Imaginarium were’t specifically designed for artists, designers, and makers. But partnerships with creative professionals could ultimately help users of these devices create some strikingly beautiful products in the fields of apparel, awards, packaging, gifts, and interior decor.

The Roland VersaUV LEC series of UV printer/cutters was designed to print, contour cut, varnish, and emboss flexible substrates used to create bags, folding cartons, labels, and specialty graphics. This printer is available in 30-inch and 54-inch widths.

The Roland VersaUV LEF-300 Benchtop Flatbed printer can print directly on rigid and flexible materials up to 3.94 inches thick and up to 13 inches wide and 30 inches long. It is typically used to print on promotional products, giftware, awards, smartphones, tablets, jewelry, trophies and specialized signs.

The Roland Texart™ RT-640 dye-sublimation transfer printer can print high-quality images for transfer onto fabrics or hard goods including metal panels, wood, snowboards, and ceramic tiles.

Opportunities for Print Service Providers

Many artists, photographers, and designers now know they can earn income by licensing designs that print-service providers can output onto apparel, accessories, decorative art, tabletops, laminates, and fabrics.

Some entrepreneurial creative professionals are teaming up print-service providers to design and create their own branded lines of products for sale online or at art fairs.

According to Dorothy Krause, “Artists are becoming more and more aware of the advantages of flatbed printers, dye-sublimation printing, and contour cutting devices.” Printers that can use gloss, white, and metallic inks (such as Roland’s) are particularly versatile for creating interesting designs.

She believes artists and print-service providers can both benefit from working together to envision new and exciting ways to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

 

Canon Announces Game-Changing UVgel Print Technology

At SGIA Expo 2016, Canon U.S.A. previewed a new UVgel printing technology that they believe will be a game-changer for companies that print graphics on wide-format rolls of flexible media. According to Canon, UVgel will provide the large color gamut of solvent inks combined with the environmental benefits and safety profile of latex and UV inks.

UVgel is a radically new UV curable ink from Canon that instantly gels on contact with the media. This results in precise dot placement and area control for consistent high-quality images at high speed.

According to Canon, ultra-thin ink dispersion and a low ink-consumption rate can provide up to a 40 percent reduction in printing costs compared to eco-solvent and latex inks.

Canon plans to use UVgel technology in a new line of roll-to-roll large-format printers that can provide cost-effective, non-toxic, durable, colorfast, high-quality prints on flexible materials such as banner materials, display films, and canvas.

The first printer to use Canon UVgel technology will be a high productivity, 64 inch roll-to-roll printer. It is scheduled for release in the spring of 2017.

Advanced Hardware

The Canon UVgel technology platform incorporates several new hardware technology developments.

Advanced, next-generation piezoelectric printhead technology will employ patented acoustic sampling technology that monitors nozzle performance on-the-fly during printing.

A unique LED UV curing sub-system will operate completely independently from the printing system. By ensuring identical jetting-to-curing timing for every droplet, this sub-system will deliver unprecedented uniformity across the printed image.

The LED-based UV system cures the gel without adding heat to the media. This will enable UVgel systems to print on even on thin, heat-sensitive flexible media.

Continuous, on-the-fly, nozzle performance compensation will facilitate confident unattended printing and reduced print waste.

According to Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new technology will power an upcoming generation of roll-to-roll printers that will help our customers increase their print production efficiency while lowering their operating costs, enabling them to profitably grow their business.”

According to the Canon press release, the company’s significant investment in UVgel technology demonstrates Canon’s continued commitment to be a leader in digital graphics markets.

Canon also makes the Océ Arizona series of UV flatbed printers for rigid sheets.

 

Durst Brings New Capabilities for Tau 330 Label Press to Labelexpo America

At Labelexpo Americas 2016, Durst will introduce the increased capabilities of its portfolio of inkjet label presses. Durst’s market-leading Tau 330 inkjet label press will be integrated with near-line pre- and post-press finishing solutions in cooperation with OMET, the world’s leader in flexographic printing presses.

For the first time in the U.S., Durst will show the new, economical single-pass Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press. It features high-pigmented UV inks for reduced ink consumption and is especially designed for small and medium-sized label converters.

Durst also will demonstrate its own production workflow software designed specifically for label print production providers.

Durst Tau 330

Durst’s Tau 330 platform is a UV inkjet label press with more than 100 installations worldwide.  It features a 330 mm (13 in.) print width, up to seven colors (CMYKOVW), and printing speeds of up to 48 linear meters/min. (169 ft./min.) with up to 1,260-dpi print resolutions.  Thanks to the seven color stations, the Tau 300 achieves close to 90 percent coverage of the Pantone™ color gamut.

In cooperation with OMET, the Tau 330 series presents unlimited material flexibility for a vast range of applications.  Its new near-line primer station provides increased material flexibility and cost-saving potential, and its flexible post-press finishing options complete near-line label production needs.

Durst Tau 330 label press with in-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 UV Inkjet Label Press with near-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 E

The Tau 330 E is a UV inkjet label press featuring print widths of 200 mm or 330 mm, four or five colors, a printing speed of up to 48 linear meters/min. (157 ft./min.), and a printing resolution of up to 1,260 dpi.

This system has been engineered with particular attention to equipment cost while maintaining the proven speed and printing quality of the flagship Tau 330 printing press.  Its newly designed, high-pigment UV inkjet inks provide a noticeable cost reduction. The result is a system with an unmatched Total Cost of Ownership for the print provider.

Durst Tau 330 E label press
Durst Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press
Durst Workflow Label

Together with the Tau 330 platforms, Durst will introduce its completely new Durst Workflow-Label. This modular, expandable prepress software can handle a variety of processes, including: order entry; prepress; print-file management (RIP); color management; ink costing; and production data management.

Durst Workflow Label offers an optimized workflow with specialized functions such as:

  • automated knock-out of non-print areas for lower ink consumption;
  • high-access, browser-based interface for immediate job costing; and
  • easy-to-use high-speed variable data functionality.

 

About Labelexpo

Labelexpo Americas 2016 takes place Sept. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It attracts: printers and converters of labels, flexible packaging, and folding cartons; brand owners; and label and packaging designers.

Durst will be showing the products in Hall F, Booth 5901.

About Durst Phototechnik AG

Durst Phototechnik AG manufactures professional digital imaging systems for graphic communications, signage, retail display, labels and packaging, textiles, and industrial applications.  Durst Phototechnik AG as headquarters in Brixen Italty and operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen and Lienz, Austria.

Durst also has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and Mexico, and partners with exclusive agents in 120 countries. Durst’s solid reputation for quality, precision, innovation and reliability spans more than 80 years. www.durst-online.com

EFI Unveils High-Speed, Single-Pass Inkjet Press for Corrugated Boards

When I submitted my article about “What’s Next for Single-Pass Inkjet Printing?” for the June/July issue of Screen Printing magazine, not all of the drupa news about single-pass inkjet printers had been announced. So I will be reporting some updates on this blog.

At drupa 2016, Electronics for Imaging (EFI) announced new EFI™ Nozomi single-pass LED industrial inkjet technology that can reach up to 75 linear meters (248 linear feet) per minute. According to EFI’s CEO Guy Gecht, “EFI’s next generation of innovation brings to market the strongest combination of versatility, imaging quality, and production speeds at a total cost of ownership that is far below similar single-pass platforms.”

The media handling, inks, and software platforms for EFI’s new Nozomi single-pass inkjet platform were designed by top engineering, software, and ink teams from across EFI.

EFI’s first use of the technology in the new 1.8 meter EFI Nozomi C18000 inkjet press for high-speed corrugated board production. EFI plans to incorporate the core Nozomi inkjet technology platform into new, high-volume printers for the signage market and other industries.

EFI Nozomi C18000
EFI Nozomi C18000

EFI Nozomi C18000

The EFI Nozomi C18000 is a sheetfed digital packaging press that can print on boards up to 1.8m x 3m in size. It has run speeds of up to 8,100 square meters/hour. A double-lane printing feature makes it possible it print up to 9,000 80cm x 60cm boards per hour.

The LED imaging capabilities provide brilliant, accurate color on just about any corrugated board, including Kemi, Model, and bleached and natural kraft corrugated boards.

According to EFI, the EFI Nozomi C18000 press was not adapted from single-pass printers developed for other markets. Instead, it was built from the ground up specifically for a $130 billion corrugated packaging industry that involves more than 200 billion square meters of printed output each year – or about 25 times greater than the estimated amount of signage and graphics output each year.

To create the EFI Nozomi, EFI combined some of the best features from other development operations, including:

precision, single-pass inkjet imaging systems from U.S. based EFI Jetrion® digital press facilities and the company’s Cretaprint™ ceramic decoration printer operations in Spain. advanced LED inkjet innovations from EFI’s global ink development centers superwide-format press technology from EFI’s U.S. based VUTEk® operations scalable Fiery® digital front end processing and management technology from EFI’s Silicon Valley development center; and cloud-based remote diagnostics and support advancements from EFI’s technical hub in Bengaluru, India

EFI’s engineering, software, and ink teams focused on understanding the unique needs of the corrugated industry and leveraging the latest technology to develop a revolutionary solution.

Users will be able to increase their productivity with digital in nearly any board application, running everything from 14-point cardstock to a full range of corrugated flutes —A, B, C, D, E, F, G, N, O, AB, AC, BC, EF, EF, and triple wall —without slowing down the press.

The corrugated board press prints up to seven colors, including white, and provides high-quality output with resolutions up to 360 x 720 dots per inch with four-level grayscale imaging.

An in-line primer will give customers control over dot gain and ink absorption on different types of corrugated top sheets.

A 100% in-line image-quality inspection system on the press is tied to robust print optimization technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment, and uniformity correction for the highest possible imaging quality. The Nozomi press’s permanent head architecture eliminates the downtime associated with replacing consumable printheads.

Energy-Efficient “Cool-Cure” LED Imaging

The Nozomi C18000 will help redefine sustainability in corrugated board production by enabling supply-chain improvements in ink, energy usage, and inventory.

Industrial users of this digital press can eliminate wasteful warehousing of analog-printed packaging and switch to a leaner method of just-in-time delivery of packaging materials matched to each product-manufacturing run.

EFI cool-cure LED UV technology is designed to consumer less power and use fewer materials than systems that use high-power lamps to ensure proper image adhesion.

Printed output from the EFI Nozomi C18000 has received certification for OCC (old corrugated containers) recyclability from the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper, and Coating pilot plant. Brands can include the certification’s recyclability logo on corrugated board packaging, displays, and other products printed on the press.

Fast, integrated workflow

The press will run with EFI’s new high-performance Fiery XB, bladed-architecture digital front-end. This system will provide fast, efficient job processing and eliminate downtime spent waiting for jobs. It includes Fiery job-management, imposition, and automation tools for peak efficiency.

Plus, the new Fiery DFE for the Nozomi C18000 press will completely integrate with the end-to-end manufacturing execution system (MES) and ERP technologies in EFI’s Packaging and Corrugated Packaging Suites. The system also integrates with Esko workflows for streamlined management, including dynamic scheduling, shop-floor data collection, and more.

EFI also offers fully integrated top- and bottom-feed options, using a patented system that also handles media separation, lift, transport, and alignment at full press speeds. Programmable features support faster, automatic feeding configuration for repeat jobs.

EFI plans to start installations of the Nozomi C18000 press within the next 12 months.

“When it’s commercially available next year, the Nozomi C18000 press will finally give the corrugated packaging market a unique solution to establish a profitable business around on-demand, customized digital printing,” said Gecht.

Agfa Graphics Adds Features to Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira UV Inkjet Printers

Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro

At ISA’s  Sign Expo 2016, Agfa Graphics demonstrated new automation and feature enhancements for the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira UV inkjet printers.

The Jeti Tauro is a six-color hybrid UV inkjet printer for creating high-quality indoor and outdoor signs on rigid or flexible materials. Its media tables can accommodate rigid materials such as cardboards, foam board, composite aluminum, and acrylic. Its integrated roll-to-roll system handles flexible substrates such as backlit film, UV-curable textiles, paper, PVC banners, mesh (with liner) and vinyl. The Jeti Tauro prints to widths as great as 2.54 meters (8.33 ft.) and can accommodate rigid media up to 4.0 meters (13.12 ft.) long.

Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro
The 98-inch (2.5 meter) Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro is designed for high-quality, high-productivity printing on both rigid and flexible material.

At Sign Expo, Agfa Graphics demonstrated an advanced Automatic Board Feeder (ABF) for more efficient throughput of rigid substrates.

The Jeti Mira is a true flatbed UV inkjet printer, with a moving gantry that prints on the x- and y-axes with pinpoint precision. It produces industry-leading quality in six colors and white with optional varnish or primer. The 7pl droplet size produces stunning detail and razor-sharp text. Even copy as small as 4-point type can be read in both positive and negative.

The Jeti Mira is available with a table depth of either 1.6 m (5.25 ft.) or 3.2 m (10.5 ft.)against a width of 2.69 m (8.825 ft.). While the Jeti Mira S is equipped with one row of print heads, the Jeti Mira HS has two rows, offering even higher productivity.

The ‘Print & Prepare’ technology on the Jeti Mira allows you to load new media while the printer is still working.

Agfa Graphics Jeti Mira
The Jeti Mira is a 2.69 meter (105.9-inch) flatbed printer built for heavy, industrial workloads.

At Sign Expo, Agfa Graphics demonstrated a dockable roll-to-roll system that attaches to the front of the flatbed table of the Jeti Mira. Reducing the distance the media must travel reduces wasted media and improves accuracy by reducing the potential for skewing.

According to Deborah Hutcheson, director of marketing for Agfa Graphics North America, the new options on the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira will enable sign shops and other print-service providers to achieve higher efficiencies and expand their markets: “The options increase productivity, reduce media waste, and offer outstanding print quality on a variety of substrates. We are proud to deliver the most robust portfolio of award-winning inkjet printing systems to any size print provider — from entry-level to high-end industrial market segments.”

Wide-Format Workflow Software

Both the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira are driven by Asanti, Agfa Graphics’ wide-format workflow software. As a true production hub, Asanti controls the entire process from prepress to production to finishing. Asanti’s comprehensive integration of file handling, color management, and preflighting reduces the risk of mistakes and makes the complete system more productive.

Asanti is complemented by Asanti Storefront, Agfa Graphics’ web-to-print solution that seamlessly manages online stores for automatically processes print orders for print-service providers.

For more information about Agfa Graphics’ full portfolio of graphic communications products, visit agfagraphics.us.