EFI Sells Productivity Software Business to Symphony Technology Group

On January 5, EFI (Electronics for Imaging) announced that they had completed the sale of its eProductivity Software (EPS) packaging and print productivity software business to an affiliate of Symphony Technology Group (STG). STG is a private-equity partner to market-leading companies in data, software, and analytics.

EPS will become an independent global software company, offering mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business, and production software for the packaging and print industries. STG’s backing will accelerate EPS’ growth as a standalone company through organic and inorganic initiatives to deepen and broaden the company’s capabilities.

“This strategic step in becoming an independent company enables us to bring greater value to our customers, as well as the packaging and print industries overall, by extending our collaboration with key industry technology players,” said Gabriel (Gaby) Matsliach, CEO of eProductivity Software. “We will continue to collaborate closely with our friends at EFI.”

EPS has more than 4,000 mid-market and enterprise customers globally. Products include MIS, ERP, e-commerce, and business intelligence solutions to improve efficiency in companies that produce corrugated packaging, labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, commercial print, direct mail, and displays.

EFI will prioritize technology investments in its Inkjet and Fiery business units to accelerate growth in its fast-growing industrial EFI™ Inkjet business. EFI plans to capitalize on the growth opportunities available in segments the company already serves and drive expansion into markets that are beginning the transformation toward digital. 

“We have never been more excited about the opportunity in the industrial inkjet markets and our ability to leverage Fiery, the leading Digital Front End (DFE) technology for digital color printing, to continue to drive the analog-to-digital transformation in all high-value segments of imaging,” said Jeff Jacobson, EFI’s CEO and Executive Chairman. “We are making significant investments to continue to be the clear leader in the Packaging & Corrugated, Display Graphics, Textile, and Building Materials/Decor markets.” He said EFI will increasingly serve new adjacencies including e-commerce, direct-to-garment, and other rapidly growing segments.

“Industrial inkjet imaging is one of the greatest opportunities I have seen in my 35 years in this industry,” Jacobson added. “The sale of the software business provides our industrial inkjet and Fiery teams the focus that will best position them for success.”

Industrial Inkjet: Unprecedented Opportunity 

The industrial inkjet space is ripe with opportunity in existing and adjacent vertical markets.

EFI Inkjet will continue to develop shuttle and single-pass inkjet technology. The division will leverage its expertise in hardware, mechanical control software, high-speed electronics, services, cloud-connected devices, and ink innovations to deliver the next generation of versatile, high-volume, superior-quality printers and presses. 

“The future of print is digital, and this realignment further solidifies EFI’s technology leadership position and accelerates growing our innovation edge as a provider of the world’s leading digital printers for the Packaging & Corrugated, Display Graphics, Textile, and Building Materials/Decor markets,” said Scott Schinlever, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, EFI Inkjet. “This sets the stage for our customers to continue to produce more in less time, with less labor, at higher quality, with a reduced environmental impact, and will allow us to drive our level of inkjet knowledge and expertise into promising new market applications.” 

Fiery: Driving Digital Print Innovation and Growth

The Fiery business unit, under the continued leadership of Fiery Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Toby Weiss, remains as the world’s premier provider of digital front ends (DFEs).

Digital front ends process the huge volumes of data required by applications such as superwide graphics, high-speed package printing, and variable-data commercial print. Advanced Fiery solutions drive high-end printers and presses from many major equipment manufacturers.

“The Fiery portfolio of products incorporates world-class color algorithms, advanced cloud technology, and many other best-in-class proprietary solutions that reduce production time and increase print quality,” said Weiss. “Working in close consultation with our partners, the investments we are making in the future of Fiery technology will foster even stronger solutions – including leading-edge cloud offerings through an EFI IQ™ suite of products that continues to help customers achieve new levels of automation, accuracy and profit potential in digital printing.”

About EFI

EFI™ is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley. To lead the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging, EFI develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, building materials and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, and digital front ends. (www.efi.com

About eProductivity Software

With headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, eProductivity Software is a global provider of industry-specific business and production software technology for the packaging and print industries. The company’s integrated and automated software offerings and point solutions are designed to enable revenue growth and drive operating and production efficiencies. (www.eProductivitySoftware.com)

About STG

Symphony Technology Group (STG) in Menlo Park, California is a private equity partner to market leading companies in data, software, and analytics. The firm brings expertise, flexibility, and resources to build strategic value and unlock the potential of innovative companies. Partnering to build customer-centric, market leading portfolio companies, STG seeks to create sustainable foundations for growth that bring value to the companies with which it partners. STG’s expansive portfolio has consisted of more than 35 global companies. (www.stgpartners.com)

Epson SureColor V7000 UV Flatbed Printer Is Versatile Option for High-Quality Outdoor Signs, Promotional Products, and More

The Epson SureColor V7000 is Epson’s first UV-LED flatbed printer. Capable of printing on rigid substrates up to 4 x 8 ft. in size and up to 3 inches thick, the 10-color V7000 is a flexible, reliable, entry-level flatbed inkjet printer.

Epson SC V7000 flatbed
The Epson SureColor V7000 4 x 8 ft. UV-LED flatbed printer

“The SureColor V7000 was specifically designed to address common pain points of flatbed printer users, such as quality, productivity, and price,” said Matt McCausland, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The V7000 offers high-end printing technologies and provides an easy and cost-effective option for print shops looking to expand from roll-to-roll to flatbed printing.”

To exceed the expectations of buyers of entry-level flatbeds, the SureColor V7000 can produce color or 3-layer prints (with white ink as one of the layers) with little difference in production speeds.

The eight MicroPiezxo printheads are aligned not only for speed, but also to accurately place the variable-size droplets required to print bright, colorful, tactile photographic prints with low graininess and smooth gradations between tones.

Inks

The SureColor V7000 uses 10 colors of LED-curable UltraChrome UV ink, including a vivid Red ink never before seen in an entry-level flatbed printer. The inks are sold in 1000 ml bottles.

The colors include: Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow, Black, Red, White, and Clear Varnish

The white inks enable users to create rich, high-quality images on a variety of colored or clear surfaces, including wood, glass, or metal.

The clear varnish can add gloss or textured embellishments to selected areas of the print or the entire print.

A new circulation system limits the sedimentation of pigment particles in white ink and preserves the integrity of the printhead nozzles.

Usability Features

A pin registration system facilitates quick and straight loading of rigid materials.

Four Vacuum Zones hold rigid media in place on the print bed without the need for tape. This increases productivity, accuracy, and efficiency.

Automatic Printhead Height Adjustment automatically detects the thickness of the print substrate and adjusts the height to optimize the quality of print. The printer can handle substrates 3-inches thick.

Built-In Ionizer prevents static electricity that can cause dust to stick to the print surface.

Software

The printer includes Epson Edge print workflow software that features the Adobe PostScript 3 print engine for layout and print management, color management, and seamless workflow integration.

Access to the Epson Edge Dashboard enables users to remotely monitor and control one or more Epson printers.

Availability

The MRSP of the Epson SureColor V7000 is $79,999. It can be purchased through select authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers. The printer is designed to work exclusively with Epson ink,.

Visit www.proimaging.epson.com for more details.

Watch a video of the printer’s features here: https://youtu.be/cPHmNsEo4HA

The Epson SureColor V7000 was announced November 24, 2020

Inkcups Wins Award for Helix Hi-Fi Direct-to-Shape Inkjet Printer

The 6-color Helix® Hi-Fi photorealistic digital rotary printer manufactured by Inkcups has earned a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year award in the non-flatbed, Direct-to-Shape Printers category.

Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics and photos on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures.

Inkcups Helix Hi-Fi digital rotary printer


The Helix® Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches; the system can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches.

The new Hi-Fi version of the Helix printer adds light cyan and light magenta inks to the CMYK and white inks on the standard model.

The two light inks enables the printer to produce realistic skin tones on cylindrical objects that will be personalized with facial images.

While the standard Helix® already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colors brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother tone transitions, less graininess, and higher resolution edge effects.

Helix® Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution photo gifts, such as glass candle holders and drinkware such as stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, and pint glasses.

A built-in programmable tilt system reduces product change-over time and eliminates the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change.

The Helix® Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions as well as warranty and service coverage.

The company offers multiple pre-treatment options, inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request.

Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

“The Helix® Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these two inks are a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalized results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalization category.”

The Helix® Hi-Fi is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. It will be displayed at the 2019 Printing United show, Oct. 23-25, in Dallas, TX.

About Inkcups

Inkcups manufactures inkjet printing equipment, pad printing equipment, laser plate-makers and corresponding supplies. Their equipment is used in companies that serve the apparel, drinkware, promotional, electronics, medical, sporting goods and automotive markets.

ITMA 2019 Shows Digital Systems for Textile Printing

The ITMA Textile and Garment Technology exhibition, which has been held every four years since 1951, has become a leading showcase for digital systems for textile printing. Regarded as “The Olympics” of textile and garment manufacturing shows, the exhibition is organized by the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX).

2019 ITMA Textile and Garment Technology Show in Barcelona, Spain

The ITMA 2019 show in Barcelona June 20-26 attracted more than 105,000 visitors from 137 countries. The 19 categories of products at the show included technologies for weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing, bleaching, finishing, recycling and waste reduction, garment making, and printing. Of the 1,717 exhibitors at ITMA 2019, 157 were related to printing.

According to 2019 show organizers, the number of exhibitors in the digital printing and inks sector was up by 38% over 2015 because the textile industry has embraced digital transformation.

“The increasingly high level of automation and digitization in combination with real-time data tracking and interaction has spawned the fourth industrial revolution and the emergence of smart factories,” explained Fritz P. Mayer, president of CEMATEX. “ITMA is a unique showcase of live machinery demonstrations and innovative solutions that boost productivity and profitability.”

Below are some of the direct-to-textile and dye-sublimation printing systems that are are now available to designers and manufacturers of textiles and apparel. Single-pass inkjet systems are available from EFI, Konica-Minolta, MS Printing Solutions, and SPGPrints.

Direct-to-Textile Printers

EFI Reggiani Bolt: This single-pass, industrial inkjet-printing system for textile manufacturers can produce quality output at speeds of up to 295 linear feet per minute. EFI Reggiani Colors can print up to 12 colors of ink on fabrics used for fashion, home textiles, or outdoor use.

EFI Reggiani Bolt single-pass digital printing system

Durst Alpha Series: These super high-performance multi-pass inkjet printers feature different configurations and print widths for the digital production of clothing, home textiles and fashion. The Alpha series offers print widths of 6.2 to 10.8 ft. (190 – 330 cm) and can be configured with up to 8 colors and 64 Alpha-S print heads that achieve a native resolution of 600 dpi and print speeds up to 15,800 sq ft/hr. A new intelligent feed system adapts automatically to different textiles and roll diameters

Durst Alpha Series 5

Epson Monna Lisa Evo Tre Series: At ITMA, Epson introduced their new Monna Lisa Evo Tre series of digital textile printers, including the first digital textile printer that can print up to 16 different colors.

Epson Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 digital textile printer

The Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 has 32 Epson PrecisionCore printheads and can handle two different sets of 8 colors or 16 different colors of Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse, and Pigment inks and print at resolutions up to 1200 dpi. An external rack. capable of housing up to 16 different ink packs can be positioned wherever it is most convenient.

The 8-color configuration can print at speeds up to 692 square meters/hr at 300 x 600 dpi. The 16 channel configuration can print at 440 square meters/hr at 300 x 600 dpi.

Kornit Presto: The Kornit Presto is the first industrial-grade single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. It eliminates the need for pre- and post-treatment of fabrics and supports high-quality printing on a variety of fabrics used for on-demand printing of fashion or home decor.

Kornit Presto Direct-to-Textile Printer

Konica Minolta Nassenger SP-1e is an upgraded single-pass inkjet textile printer with features to improve ease of use, reduce maintenance costs, and enable faster production cycles. Konica Minolta also showcased an optimized and upgraded Nassenger 10 multi-pass direct-to-textile printing system.

MS Mini LaRio from MS Printing Solutions fills the gap between the single-pass MS LaRio and the multi-pass JPK-Evo. The MS Mini Lario can reach a maximum print speed of 1094 meters/hour and uses 64 printheads. The single-pass inkjet printing system MS LaRio now has an in-line fabric pre-treatment.

Colorjet Vastrajet: ColorJet India Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer of inkjet printers, introduced the Vastrajet -8164 textile printer with 16 printheads and ColorJet’s Adaptive Ink System (AIS).

Color Jet VastraJet

SPGPrints Javelin 2 single-pass textile printer printer can print up to 2 million linear meters of fabric each year, The upgraded model features improved ease of use, an optimized printhead cleaning cycle, and an enhanced ink supply. Equipped with Archer+ technology, the Javelin 2 is more robust . It enables faster printing cycles and reduced maintenance costs.

Mouvent TX802 is an 8-color multi-pass textile printer from Movent, a Bobst Group company in Soluthurn, Switzerland. It can print up to 2,000 dpi optical resolution with very high speeds (up to 1000 linear meters/minute). What sets Mouvent printers apart is the Mouvent Cluster, a digital printing technology that uses clusters of printheads instead of fixed size print bars. The printheads are arranged by color in a modular, scalable matrix. 

Mouvent TX802 Digital Textile Printer

DGI Apollon printer is a 16-printhead direct-to-textile printer from DGI, a Korean-based equipment manufacturer that produces an assortment of dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile printers. With production speeds of around 250 sq m/hr, the Apollon will be targeted at the fashion and interior décor sectors.

Dye Sublimation Printers

Thanks for advances in ink technologies, new dye-sublimation printers for fashion and home fabrics can print either onto transfer paper or or directly to treated fabrics. Companies that showed these hybrid dye sublimation printers included HP, Mimaki, and Roland.

HP Stitch: HP, which announced their entry into the textile dye-sublimation printing market this spring, showcased the first three printers in their Stitch line of printers: the 64-inch HP Stitch S300 and S400 printers for fashion design studios and print-service providers and the 126-inch HP Stitch 1000 printer for interior design fabrics and soft signage.

The HP Stritch S1000 dye-sublimation textile printer can print either on transfer paper or direct to fabric.

DGI POSEIDON is a new mid-range 1.6 meter dye-sublimation transfer printer for mid-level production companies that need both the capacity for high-volume production and the flexibility to print different designs on multiple printers.

Poseidon can print 80 to 120 sq m/hr at 600 x 600 dpi. It uses the same type of Kyocera industrial printheads used in the industrial DGI HSFT III. This proven technology renables the Poseidon printer to have up to a 118% speed increase over the DGI FT-1608. Poseidon is designed for unattended printing. A new sleep mode enables the user to print jobs without being present. The “SE” model has an additional printhead that enables users to install spot colors or fluorescent inks alongside CMYK.

Poseidon is designed for unattended printing. A new sleep mode enables the user to print jobs without being present. The “SE” model has an additional printhead that enables users to install spot colors or fluorescent inks alongside CMYK.

ROLAND TEXART RT-640M: Roland describes their new Texart™ RT-640M as an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer. Specially formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks give users of the Texart RT-640M the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics or to sublimation transfer paper.

Roland Texart RT-640M can print on coated polyester fabrics or sublimation paper
for fabrics or rigid substrates.

Mimaki Tiger 1800B MkII was shown at ITMA in dye-sublimation configuration. Combining Mimaki’s Japanese expertise in electronics with La Meccanica’s know-how in building solid and robust belt printer bodies with ‘made-in-Italy’ design, the Tiger-1800B MkII enables users to produce extremely high-quality products (up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution) at up to 385 sq m/hr.

Mimaki also previewed a direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer printer as an evolution of the TX300P-1800. The new Mimaki printer will allow multiple sets of inks to be loaded simultaneously, supporting increased fabric range versatility and maximum product variety.

Mimaki direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer printer

The next ITMA Show is scheduled for June 14-18, 2023 in Milan, Italty.

Kornit Atlas Industrial Garment Decorating System Handles Higher Production Levels

The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system for industrial garment-decoration businesses. Capable of running to 350,000 impressions per year, the Atlas is being marketed to highly productive garment decorators, mid- to large-sized screen-printing firms, and innovative businesses. 

The Kornit Atlas direct-to-garment printer can print images and design on garments made
from cotton, polyester, cotton-polyester blends, lycra, viscose, silk, leather, denim, linen, wool and more.

“This is a huge leap forward, not only for Kornit, but also for the direct-to-garment printing industry as a whole,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. “Simply put, the Atlas is the best and most cost-efficient direct-to-garment printing technology for high-quality and high-quality production requirements.” 

The system is equipped with ink-recirculating printheads and features a newly developed NeoPigment™ Eco-Rapid ink that meets global sustainability standards. The new ink carries the Oeko-Tex Eco-Passport certification and is GOTS pre-approved. It provides a white-ink opacity similar to those of conventional screen-printing inks and meets high durability standards on multiple fabric types. Its increased color gamut and saturation allow for deep, full tones and precise spot-color matching.  The Atlas system features six colors (CMYKRG) plus white. 

The unique print engine on the Kornit Atlas features an enhanced version of Kornit’s ink-saving HD technology and is complemented by professional RIP software that produces prints that meet high standards of retail quality and print durability.

Kornit Atlas with operator

The Kornit Atlas comes ready for the cloud-based business, productivity analytics, and optimization software platforms that are scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. The platforms will allow for future network connectivity required to support fleet management and optimization of global multi-printer systems and multi-site enterprises.

Companies that participated in beta testing included DTG2GO and T Shirt & Sons

According to Deborah H. Merrill, president of the DTG2GO’s parent company, said Kornit Atlas innovations such as wrinkle detection and pallet ergonomics, present clear productivity benefits.  

“The new Eco-Rapid ink provides impressive brilliance and color gamut,and meets all wash test standards with no discernible scent,” said Merrill. “We are glad we had the opportunity to beta test the Kornit Atlas and are certain it will become a key component in DTG2Go’s production line.” 

Jon Lunt, co-founder and director at T Shirt & Sons, said, “Using the Atlas, T Shirt and Sons achieved a significant boost in garment decoration production through the peak holiday season. In several weeks of rigorous testing in a high-volume production environment, the Kornit Atlas was a revelation, doubling our output with very high-quality prints and the reliability the high-pressure season demanded.”

The Kornit Atlas will be demonstrated at the Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich from May 14-17, 2019 and at the ITMA textile and garment technology show in Barcelona from June 20-28, 2019. You can also see the Atlas at a Kornit Open House event in Las Vegas in April and at its regional subsidiaries.

About Kornit Digital 

Kornit Digital, headquartered in Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel, and textile industries. Kornit’s complete digital printing systems are enabling innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand, and mass customization concepts. Kornit serves customers in more than 100 countries and has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.kornit.com 

ISA White Paper Focuses on Leveraging Wide Format Applications

Many printing businesses are already using wide-format printing equipment to create banners, vehicle graphics, signs, window graphics and backlit displays. So, what other types of applications can growth-oriented printing businesses create?

A new ISA white paper, “Leveraging the Wide Format Application Opportunity,” provides a road map into areas such as wallpaper, fabric soft signage, industrial products and apparel.
The how-to guide offers directions for taking advantage of the opportunities that each category presents.

The white paper, authored by Keypoint Intelligence and sponsored by EFI™, provides insight into key and emerging applications.

The guide also discusses market trends that are driving the growth and includes tips for identifying and targeting a vertical market in which to expand.

Requirements for technology, substrates and special effects are also presented, as well as guidance on staff training and customer education.

“Leveraging the Wide Format Application Opportunity” is available for free for ISA and Affiliated Association members. Non-members may purchase the report for $24.95. Learn more at www.signs.org/business-resources/printing.

The International Sign Association (ISA) strives to be the leader in shaping and developing the sign, graphics, and visual communications community worldwide.

See the Massivit 3D Printer for Large-Format Visual Communications

Visitors to the 2018 ISA Sign Expo can learn about creative applications of the large-format Massivit 1800 3D printer. The Massivit 3D printer uses Massivit’s proprietary Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) printing technology to quickly produce lightweight, hollow, 3D-printed models up to 6 feet high.

Massivit large format 3D printer
Massivit 1800 3D Printer

Printing, sign, and display companies can use the Massivit 1800 to create super-sized advertising, promotional, and display projects for retailers, event organizers, architects, and entertainment companies.

Some of the attention-getting 3D printed projects that have been created include retail displays, illuminated signage, and super-sized selfie props. The technology can also be used to create stand-out, lightweight channel lettering or mannequins that can be enhanced with projection video mapping.

 

The Massivit 1800 3D printer also opens the door to advanced, revenue-enhancing manufacturing methods, including vacuum forming and thermoforming. With the ability to use 3D-printed molds to craft customized and repeat campaigns, sign shops can bring high-endurance, outdoor sign projects to fruition faster and more cost effectively than with traditional methods.

The white printed forms can be painted, wrapped in printed vinyl, or illuminated from within.

 

On Thursday, March 22, Massivit 3D Product Manager Sharon Rothschild will talk about “3D Printing for the Sign and Display Industry” in the Lounge & Learn area of the ISA Sign Expo. She will share real-life case studies of wide-format print-service businesses that have combined 2D and 3D printing to produce stunning signage and displays.

Massivit 3D Printing Technologies Ltd (www.massivit3d.com) was founded in 2013 by a team of digital-printing pioneers. The company is headquartered in Lod, Israel and serves customers worldwide through a global network of resellers.

 

Wallpen Vertical Inkjet Printer Applies Images Directly to Walls

The Wallpen E1 vertical inkjet printer by Wallpen GmbH uses Xaar inkjet technology and UV-curable inks to print large pictures and graphics directly on indoor and outdoor walls and other vertical surfaces. It prints in brilliant, durable and high-definition colors directly onto a wide variety of substrates including plaster, wallpaper, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal and concrete.

Golden Gate Bridge image printed on wall with Wallpen
Image on wall printed by Wallpen UV inkjet printer. (Photo courtesy of Xaar)

The Wallpen can create colorful designs on walls up to almost four meters (about 13 ft.) high. The printable width is unlimited. The vertical printer can cover up to four square meters per hour at a resolution of 370 x 600 dpi.

Designed for easy transportation and set-up, the Wallpen can fit in a mid-size car. One person can set up it up in about five minutes.

Wallpen vertical large-format inkjet printer
The Wallpen vertical large-format inkjet printer is easy to move from site to site. (Photo courtesy of Xaar)

The Wallpen is the brainchild of Wallpen Managing Director Andreas Schmidt. He says the printer could be used to print eye-catching designs in public spaces such as shopping malls, or bring color to bland hospitals and municipal buildings. It could also be used to create museum displays or decorate hallways in office buildings. He believes the Wallpen printer will be used by painters, decorators, interior designers, sign makers, advertising agencies, graphic designers, and other professionals.

“Since the launch, we’ve had a great deal of interest in the printer from a wide variety of industries, and sales are already looking very healthy,” said Schmidt. Click here to view a video showing the printer in action.

Technology

The Wallpen printer was developed over two years and is underpinned by 15 patents.

The printer incorporates a four-color Xaar 128 print bar on a rigid, lightweight aluminum structure. To ensure the quality of printed image, an on-board laser system detects surface imperfections and undulations so the print arm can be automatically and continuously adjusted.

According to Schmidt, Xaar technology is playing a major role in the success of the Wallpen printer. In addition to their ability to jet UV-curable inks, the Xaar 128 printheads can be easily incorporated into a small and lightweight printhead unit.

The light and powerful Xaar 128 printhead has long been recognized as the leading 17 mm piezoelectric drop-on-demand printhead for the wide-format graphics sector. It is ideal for applications such as printing graphics on a range of surfaces as well as outdoor and indoor signage.

 

Innovative RMGT Offset Press Will Run at PRINT 17

All the hype about advanced digital printing equipment obscures the fact that most high-volume print jobs are still produced on offset, flexographic, and gravure printing presses. While these analog printing methods are considered mature, the newest systems incorporate technologies and automation that make them more competitive with production digital presses. So when print companies decide to replace their older analog presses, they won’t necessarily bring in new digital printing equipment.

At the PRINT 17 Show Sept. 10-14 in Chicago, you can see live demonstrations of a technologically advanced offset press: the RMGT 9 Series 8-color Perfecting Press with LED-UV and Coater. The number one 8-up press in North America, it was recognized with a PRINT 17 MUST SEE EMS’ award.

 

 

It is capable of printing to 16,200 (25.2 x 36.22 inches) sheets per hour and can be equipped with RMGT’s fully automatic plate changing, SMART Insta.Color makeready technology,and LED UV Curing for both 4/4 perfecting and LED-UV curable coatings.

At PRINT 17, plates for the press will be imaged by technology partner CRON-ECRM and the signatures will be collated, trimmed, and stitched on the Horizon FoldLiner by Standard Finishing Systems. Printed samples showing off the technology will be available at the booth throughout the show, including limited edition posters celebrating the Chicago Cubs historic 2016 World Series victory.

More than 700 RMGT presses have been installed worldwide. And during the first 8 months of 2017, RMGT has already sold twenty 9 Series perfecting presses in North America.

Azar Printing Has Purchased The Press

The press running at PRINT 17 has been purchased by Azar Printing. After they take delivery of their press at their facility in St. Louis, Missouri in late September, they will use it primarily for short to medium runs of books for business-to-business marketing and direct mail. The new press will replace two 4-up presses.

“This 8-up press fits on the same pad as our older 4-up press, and uses less electricity,” says company president Mark Azar. “Also, I can get a 16-page signature, so this press doubles capacity. This is a big deal for us.”

“We will continue to be a reliable print producer in our well-developed market space, but having the added capabilities of this state-of-the-art RMGT 9 Series will let us evolve into new markets.” Azar adds. “We are excited to see the impact this new technology will make on our company and most importantly our customers’ projects.”

In addition to doubling the sheet-size being produced, the new RMGT 9 Series press will improve turnaround time and print quality for Azar Printing’s customers. With its single-pass printing and LED-UV instant curing, the RMGT 9 Series provides a lower-cost, fast-turnaround, offset-print-quality alternative to digital presses that use toners or inkjet inks.

According to Chris Manley, president of RMGT dealer Graphco, “This marks 47 installations in North America of the 9 Series press, and we are only now picking up speed. As more printers realize the incredible benefits of this press — a 16-page signature in the smallest footprint on the market, UV LED curing, and RMGT’s well known automation the 9 Series brings profitability at much shorter run lengths than other offset presses.”

Graphic Systems North America

RMGT presses are distributed in the U.S. by Graphic Systems North America (GSNA). GSNA is a network of six factory-authorized sales and service centers that serve commercial printers, offset packaging converters and in-plant printers in the U.S. and Canada. Today the GSNA group constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America.

“It is safe to say that the RMGT 9 Series press is one of the most innovative offset presses in the world right now,” said Kian Hemmen of PFS which is one of the founders of the Graphic Systems North America distribution group for RMGT. “It can do anything a conventional offset press can do, in a smaller footprint, and with more profitability. In short, it is the offset press every modern print shop needs to stay competitive as the world — and its print requirements — continues to change.”

 

Duggal Visual Solutions Expands Its Digital Offset Printing Capabilities

Duggal Visual Solutions in New York is an excellent example of how a company that began as a big-city photo lab has evolved to offer whatever types of digital imaging, printing, and ancillary services their clients might need.

Duggal uses magazine-like flipbooks to describe its services to different segments of their customer base.
Duggal publishes specialized magazines to describe its services to different groups of customers.

Over the past 50 years, Duggal has helped some of the world’s leading image-makers communicate visually with their customers and audiences. Duggal’s corporate clients include Polo Ralph Lauren, Disney, Victoria’s Secret, Verizon, Tiffany’s, Lancome, and more. They also work for many galleries, photographers, designers, and museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

Duggal’s large-format images have been displayed worldwide from Tokyo to Vienna, from the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. to Grand Central Station in New York, and in almost every high-end retail store on 5th Avenue.

A History of Innovation

Duggal Visual Solutions has always been at the forefront of photo processing and enlargement. In the 1960s, founder Baldev Duggal revolutionized film processing by using his keen understanding of photography to design and build  the first Dip and Dunk processing machine. In the 1980s, Duggal was the first company to introduce sophisticated RGB drum scanning and electronic retouching for photographers.

Today, Duggal uses advanced LightJet photo printing equipment to make continuous-tone photo prints up to 72 x 120 inches and HD C-Prints with an apparent resolution equal to 6100 dpi. Duggal also offers high-resolution, G7 color-managed photography services, photo retouching, and enhancement of computer-generated imagery.

As an early adopter of large-format digital printing technologies, Duggal helped clients explore how high-quality images could be printed on many types and sizes of materials for use in everything from outdoor billboards, banners, fleet graphics, and retail window displays to custom wallcoverings, immersive event graphics, and spectacular art installations.

In 1993, Duggal was the first company to fully wrap a building in a large-format photographic mural. Today, they use a fleet of UV flatbed presses and latex, dye sublimation, and archival pigment photo printers to print visually striking images on a huge range of flexible and rigid materials for indoor and outdoor displays.

In addition to printing images on vinyls, textiles, canvas, wallcoverings, and art papers, Duggal can print images directly on display boards, aluminum, and wood substrates up to two inches. With the white inks on their UV flatbed presses that can print special effects on colored or metallic substrates.

Duggal’s lenticular imaging department produces images with a range of visual effects, including 3D, flip, animation, morph, and zoom.

Extensive Range of Services

Because of the versatility of large-format digital printing, Duggal has developed a wide range of supporting services for clients from many different fields, including retailing, architecture, sports events, and fashion. For example, some of the ancillary services that Duggal now offers include:

  • mounting, lamination and framing
  • digital signage and multimedia for interactive merchandising
  • custom fabrication of displays, fixtures, and lightboxes
  • event graphics production and installation
  • design services for graphics, fixtures, store layouts, and event staging
  • packaging comps and short runs of packaging with custom varnishes and embossing effects
  • 3D printing of models, part facsimiles, and prototypes for package design
  • installation and project management for retail store rollouts and campaign management

Digital Offset Printing

Duggal Visual Solutions has also expanded its printing capabilities to include “digital offset printing” with HP Indigo digital presses. With the HP Indigo presses, Duggal can serve corporate clients who want marketing materials that have been personalized or customized with variable data printing.

Now, the same creative agencies, designers and brands who trust Duggal Visual Solutions for excellence in photographic capture and processing and large-format visuals can also order visually rich print products such as brochures, catalogs, invitations, sell sheets, point-of-sale signs, photo books, portfolios, calendars, and art prints.

Recently, Duggal installed an HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press. The press is the only B2-format HP Indigo digital press in Manhattan and the first commercially-released HP Indigo 12000 installed in the U.S.

(Left to right): Mike Duggal, CEO, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc.; Demian Cacciolo, Indigo production and finishing manager, Duggal Visual Solutions; and Brian Renaldo, assistant manager, Indigo production and finishing, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc.
(Left to right): Mike Duggal, CEO, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc.; Demian Cacciolo, Indigo production and finishing manager, Duggal Visual Solutions; and Brian Renaldo, assistant manager, Indigo production and finishing, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc.

In addition to production speeds of up to 4,600 20 x 29-inch sheets per hour, the HP Indigo 12000 offers high-definition printing and the ability to print with 7 colors, including HP Indigo ElectroInk White and Fluorescent Inks. The HP Indigo 12000 can print on a wide range of materials including synthetic papers, canvas, window clings, and metallized and colored substrates.

With the speed and versatility of the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, Duggal can meet customer expectations for high-quality and quick turnaround of short-to-medium print runs.

The HP Indigo 12000 will also expand Duggal’s production volume in applications such as point-of-sale graphics, brochures, books, catalogs, and displays.

“Our team of graphic professionals and print industry veterans is committed to providing the highest level of service and quality. With that as our mission, we’ve found in the HP Indigo 12000 a better alternative to traditional offset printing for short-to-medium-run commercial printing needs,” said Mike Duggal, CEO, Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc.

The HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press joins Duggal’s existing fleet of HP large-format digital printing technology, including four HP Latex printers, as well as an HP Indigo 5900 Digital Press.

“Duggal  is a pioneering force in the industry, consistently adopting cutting-edge technologies that have attracted a who’s who of the world’s leading brands and enabled them to push the boundaries of quality and creativity,” said Haim Levit, vice president and general manager, Indigo North America, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. “With the new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, Duggal continues its tradition of being an industry leader. We look forward to collaborating with the Duggal team to bring the press’s breakthrough quality, productivity and efficiency to the creative and forward-thinking brands in New York.”