Printing SA Announces Printing Industry Training Courses

Many people disregard the importance of staff training in the printing industry, especially at the lower end of the company hierarchy. This, however, is where staff training can add the most benefit.

By investing in and empowering staff, business owners do not only equip them with the skills necessary to carry out more duties around the business, but it is also a massive morale booster. Printing SA is offering a wide variety of industry-recognised courses:

Introduction course:

– Foundation learning programme.
– FLC English communications.
– FLC Math literacy.
– Printing and packaging industry programme.
– Occupational Health and Safety programmes.
– Work Life Orientation programmes.
– Introduction to printing course (ID2).
– Technical courses.

Technical Courses

– Technical theoretical modules (TT1, 2 and 3).
– Instructing the Modular Way (IMW).
– Guillotine operator skills programme.
– Folding machine operator skills programme.
– Commercial digital printer programme.

Find out more about these courses and training dates.

Tel: +27112871160

GCC Introduces Enhanced Laser Processing Workstation Solution

GCC LaserPro LFC II workstation inherits the functions from the previous generation. It integrates various processing modes and exclusive accessories into its design to meet customers’ needs.

The LFC II has the same safety standard as LFC, which is an EN-60825-1 class 1 compliant device to ensure operation safety.

Key benefits of GCC LaserPro LFC II workstation:

– Standard 700 x 400mm table for large objects or batch marking.
– EN-60825-1 Class I safety and machine directive (MD) compliance for industrial professionals who prioritise operators’ safety during laser processing
– Automatic door with anti-pinch device that ensures safety operation.
– Dual start button, which promises advanced security.
– Optional rotary table for loading/unloading materials while the laser is working at maximum throughput.
– Wide range of configurations for automation and applications.
– Pass-Through side panels for line integration.
– Easy setup and operation.
– Sturdy and rigid steel chassis that meets industrial requirements.
– Compatibility with all GCC LaserPro StellarMark C and I series laser markers.
– MultiFOCUS function that allows Z axis to automatically adjust and ensure correct focus distance.


Mutoh Europe Announce Take-Up System For Sign And Display Printers

The new IJ-TUP100-01 feed and take-up system will offer print providers all-round flexibility. It is quick and easy to fit to the original stand. The finished output is automatically wound to maximise production efficiency and speed up the workflow. The system is designed for their XpertJet roll-to-roll 162cm sign and display printers.

The new 100 kg feed and take-up system is mounted onto the original stand of any XpertJet 1641SR/1682SR and is an addition to the existing Mutoh 30kg/40 kg take-up units. All standard Mutoh XpertJet printer configurations incorporate a robust and easily accessible newly designed roll off system to allow easy media loading.

The take-up system is the ideal choice for users who frequently print full rolls at a time and/or are using heavy media types or who are using media that is difficult to unwind and feed due to static or a sticky coating.

An extra advantage for print providers investing in a TUP100 system is that they can increase their production efficiency. For smaller print runs and low weight media rolls, they can also keep using the standard 30kg roll off system in combination with the 100kg take-up system.


Junkers And Müllers Introduce Fabric For Large Scale Digital Prints

Junkers and Müllers’ SilverBloc is available in various widths up to a maximum of 310cm and is therefore also suitable for the realisation of large-scale digital prints.

MEDIATEX® SilverBloc FR is the new blockout quality for versatile applications. Whether as a roll up, banner or free-hanging as a roller blind, the fabric’s stretching and hanging behaviour is impressive.

The shiny silver reverse adds a solid and cool character to the fabric. It can be cut cold, won’t fray and is outstandingly scratch resistant. The white face guarantees particularly brilliant prints with colour depth, whether applied with water-based, UV-resistant or latex inks. SilverBloc is flame retardant and therefore also suitable for use in public buildings. Like all MEDIATEX® textiles, this fabric is Oeko-Tex as well as SCS certified, free from PVC and meets the strict requirements of the REACH regulations.


Markzware Updates Conversion Application

The stand-alone IDMarkz application allows users to take control of their creations, by giving them the ability to preview and convert InDesign files. It also allows users to move those documents to preferred editing applications, within QuarkXPress, Affinity Publisher, older Adobe InDesign versions, Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator and many other formats.

IDMarkz v1.7.3 includes support for Universal macOS Binary for Apple Silicon. This latest update of the application includes a ‘Check for Updates’ menu item and offers users the ability to elect text directly from the Document View. This IDMarkz update also comes with improvements and some bug fixes.

IDMarkz improvements include:
• Zoom combo box lets you use +/- values, to zoom in and out.
• Page number combo box enables users to quickly scroll to any page.
• About window does not show under the window menu, when open.
• Stories Export now orders the stories as they show in the document.
• Single page exports now include the page number, just like multi-page exports.
• Preview now has improved Drop Shadows and Ovals.
• Stories Export now handles variable data.

Markzware helps to democratise Adobe InDesign content, for use in many popular desktop publishing applications. IDMarkz users can open, preview, export, convert and automate the conversion of Adobe InDesign (.indd) files. For file previews, the IDMarkz app doesn’t rely on InDesign’s often low-resolution or non-existent file previews and uses its own engine and technology, to generate high-resolution previews.


Vycom Expands PVC Sheet Range For Signage And Graphics

DigiLite sheets offer superior ink adhesion for digital and screen printing processes. They can also be stained, varnished, laminated and cut. DigiLite sign materials offer superior UV performance and a satin finish that is ideal for light-duty applications such as exhibit signage, point of purchase displays, indoor and outdoor signage, decorated store fixtures and more.

Vycom has expanded the Celtec® line by adding Black to its DigiLite family of light density PVC sheets. Celtec DigiLite is the latest PVC sheet product designed specifically for use in the sign and graphics industry, offering value and performance in a light-density signboard.

The DigiLite line – available now in Black as well as White – provides quality and performance in an economical sheet that is approximately 15 percent lighter than Celtec premium signboard sheets, offering a more cost-effective solution by reducing shipping costs and providing ease-in-handling.


Summa Announces Improved Flatbed Cutter And More

The new F1432 flatbed cutter, available in December, opens the possibility to process popular 137cm (54″) roll widths more efficiently. Moreover, the increased working length gives a sufficient margin to easily cut 3m (10 foot)  jobs. For many businesses, this size represents the  ideal interim solution between the F1612 and F1832 size.

Elice van Es, Summa’s Marketing and Communication Manager explained, ‘We are seeing a great fit in the market for our new F1432 flatbed cutter. The F Series flatbed cutters are appreciated for their versatility and performance and this new size underlines our philosophy. Thanks to the great number of applications that can be cut, we are convinced this flatbed cutter will benefit many customers’ businesses.’

Another major update on the F Series is the integration of a Safety System on all F Series models. The new system complies to worldwide health and safety requirements and thus represents Summa’s new standard in making the F Series operator’s work environment safer than ever. It features multiple sensors that can quickly detect human movement close to the machine. With the system’s convenient location on the top beam, the flatbed can now be accessed easily and safely. This is in contrast to the former safety poles that are no longer needed.

The ADC feature on the F Series automatically sets the knife depth and the orientation of the knife/tool. The tip of the knife/tool is measured accurately and the down position of the tool is set to the flatbed’s level, guaranteeing a flawless cut at all times. This feature was already included for the right slots of the flatbed’s cutting head and proved its practicality. Summa has also made ADC left standard available for all F Series models, which is the next step in  efficiency enhancement of the Summa F Series.

Along with the F Series enhancements related to hardware, it is the software that enables the operator to make good use of the machine’s functionalities. Therefore, Summa continues to develop its GoProduce software and now presents GoProduce 2.0. It is delivered standard with each new F Series and offers various new functionalities. While the standard integrated software includes many functionalities already, new is the availability of a Pro Pack. This Pro Pack is a one-time purchase and offers even more functionality to the F Series operator who wants to maximise his/her cutting workflow possibilities.

Van Es concluded, ‘Constantly listening to the market and analysing the needs of our customers is an important basis for us in the development of new products. We also believe that hardware and software should always be in harmony, enabling us to offer users a complete solution and deliver true ease of use. Users can create innovative and striking applications and tap into new markets. This is exactly what makes the Summa F Series so unique. The series grows at the customer’s pace and needs alongside evolutions in the industry.’


Caldera Releases Textile Printing Drivers For New Software Version

Caldera has announced drivers for the Epson SureColor SC-F6300, as well as the CSC Screen Zeus X V. Both drivers have been developed to expand CalderaRIP’s offer in textile printing.

The release of two textile print/printer drivers are for CalderaRIP Version 14. These new drivers expand the user’s ability to print on textile substrates and enlarge Caldera’s of dye-sublimation and hybrid direct to garment (DTG) supported peripherals.

The SureColor SC-F6300 dye sublimation printer is perfect to start or complete textile production of flags, backlit polyesters or banners, but also to print various promotional goods. Indeed, the all-in-one offer from Epson coupled with CalderaRIP Version 14 will help users produce high-quality printed textiles and improve productivity.

On the other hand, the Zeux X V is a flatbed inkjet unit to combine with a screen carousel. It features the REi Technology developed by CSC Screen in order to fully bring out the capacity of digital and screen printing. The Zeus X V provides a complete solution by perfectly combining the best from screen printing DTG.

Along with the long list of textile drivers supported by CalderaRIP software, both drivers will allow users to achieve quick, precise and profitable textile printing with peace of mind. Additionally, the Caldera solutions provide advanced colour management features that assure users to easily reach the perfect colours on all their printers, without additional software or training.

Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222

Video: Printing SA Discusses Training Development Processes

The latest Sign Africa LIVE interview series features Ken Leid, Printing SA’s National Training and Development Director.

Printing SA, in partnership with The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA and the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO), recently hosted a free Qualification Scoping webinar, highlighting the training development processes as well as the training needs of the various sectors of the industry.

Leid outlines the poll outcome from the training webinar, indicating which areas people are most interested in, as well as the processes involved in the implementation of these areas, and other new training priorities Printing SA is still busy with.

‘The poll during the webinar came up with the top five qualifications that Printing SA, in partnership with the FP&M SETA, need to develop. The top occupation was the commercial digital printer; the printing and packaging sales representative came in second; third was the print cost estimator, and fourthly, in the flexible packaging industry you have the laminator and laminating, with roll label machine technician coming in fifth.’

Tel: +27112871160

Eco-Signage Supplies Announces Textile Framing System And More

The textile framing system is like a textile box, and is put together with connectors. No welding or sewing is required, just hemming tape. It is backlit and features easy portability.

Also new is the vehicle wrapping toolkit. It contains specialised tools for the application and removal of vinyl and features over a dozen instruments in different colours.

Hemming tape
Vehicle wrapping toolkit

With the new interior one-way vision substrate/film, users can print on the face of the film, then apply the film on the inside of a window. It is weather-resistant, vandal-proof and ensures safety and security for buildings due to its one-way vision properties.

One-way vision substrate/film
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