Gencotech Announces New Digital UV Printing Machine

Gencotech has introduced the GLM 64UV A2 desktop inkjet printer, which features high throughput, standard dual-UV LED lamps, one litre bulk ink, four colours (CMYK) as well as white and varnish colours that offer ideal printing quality for short to medium runs and on-demand printing.

The machine can handle maximum 200mm high objects, has a 600mm x 400mm print area, comes with a user friendly LCD control panel to access the UV printer’s special features and has a long working life span.

The use of servo motors increases the printing speed and reduces the noise. It also allows the printer to print with high accuracy and precision.

The white ink solution allows users to print white on dark colours or black out unwanted backgrounds. With the white solution, users can also create an embossing effect.

The automatic white ink stirring solution prevents the white ink from blocking or clogging the print head or pipes. The varnish solution allows users to print high gloss artwork or give colour printed work a high quality gloss finish.

The package includes:

– 1 litre of print head cleaner.
– Starter cleaning kit.
– Rotary attachment (for printing on glasses or wine bottles, etc.)
– RIP software.
– 2-3 days of training.

Optional items:

– CorelDRAW 2021 Fully Commercial Edition Designing Programme.
– Stand with wheels (to easily move the printer in your workplace).

Tel: +27 12 253 1174

Midcomp Installs First HP Latex 700W In South Africa

Midcomp has installed the first HP Latex 700W in South Africa at Fineline Design, a business that specialises in a multitude of services that include banners and flags, signage, stickers, posters, canvas and wallpaper, POS displays and design. The company also has a vehicle wrapping division known as Wrap Vehicles.

The machine allows users to print white without complexity, deliver vivid colours at high speed, get striking contrast using pure blacks, and expect sharp 4-point text, while retaining the renowned features of HP Latex printers.

The company initially outsourced its printing before buying from Midcomp over the years. Fineline Design Managing Director Manny De Souza, who is always on the lookout for new machinery every four to five years, explained that the machine was bought after conducting much research, adding the need for an innovation that prints white ink.

‘We can get the same results as we would with a flatbed printer,’ he said, explaining the machine’s ability to reverse print onto vinyl, put down white ink and apply onto Perspex. He praised the speed of the machine, the lower running costs as well as the advantage of white ink. An advantage of white ink includes the ability to print white onto solid black cast vinyl, which create artistic wraps for vehicles.

‘The ink is way more robust, from a scratch-resistant point of view, and that is without the overcoat. The machine has overcoat as well. The colour gamut is way higher, so the machine gives you a higher ink yield, or vibrancy,’ said De Souza.

De Souza also emphasised the loading system, as well as the curing system, compared to the older models. He also said the print head size of the machine is bigger and has more nozzles: ‘It’s the fastest, most productive machine I have.’

He expects the company’s fleet branding area of the business to grow thanks to the overcoat feature. With three layers of overcoat, there is no need to laminate – another cost-saving aspect.

De Souza said the service from Midcomp was great, that the installation went well and that the minor issues that were experienced were sorted out quickly: ‘I have known Midcomp for a very long time and they have always helped me where they can,’ he said, adding that Midcomp often phone Fineline Design to ensure everything is running smoothly.

Tel: +27 11 789 1222

Vehicle Wrap Of The Week: Wrap Vehicles

Sign Africa takes a weekly look at some of the most unique wraps. This week’s vehicle wrap features a BMW M340 that underwent a complete colour change with 3M Satin Dark Grey, along with a Gtechniq Halo Ceramic Coating for protection.

Vehicle Wrap Of The Week- Wrap Vehicles

If you would like to feature in our weekly highlights, send your eye-catching wraps to

+27 11 794 4929

Sign-Tronic Assists Customers In KwaZulu-Natal Following Unrest

Sign-Tronic owner Adrian Wolman said all of the company’s customers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) that were affected by the unrest last week are up and running with their operations again, as Sign-Tronic had set up a contingency plan to keep all customers productive.

‘We have witnessed the amazing spirit of compassion and unity with our customers in KZN, and we have made sure all those affected are in production again,’ said Wolman.

‘Fortunately, Sign-Tronic has three separate facilities in KZN, reducing risk for continued supply of machines, spare parts and inks in the region. Our machine supplier is swissQprint, and a separate production line has been set up to produce new replacement machines immediately. South Africa is an important growth market for swissQprint in both high speed flatbed and roll-to-roll machines.’

Wolman has also seen a strong sense of unity among businesses, with companies assisting their competitors with their production and operations.

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Large Format Specialist Invests In Kongsberg Finishing Solution

With Ontario-based large format specialist Global Imaging servicing a growing number of customers and handling more projects, the company said the investment in Kongsberg digital finishing solutions would help increase throughput speed and boost productivity at the production stage.

Global Imaging has made a significant investment in Kongsberg digital finishing solutions. The designer, printer and manufacturer of bespoke Point of Purchase displays has invested in a new Kongsberg C64 table complete with automated board feeder and stacker.

‘At Global Imaging, we are embracing the fact that advances in technology and materials mean that the only limiting factor to creativity is how far your own imagination can take you,’ said Gerald Maister, Vice President of Global Imaging. ‘The digital revolution has led to a creative revolution, giving us the freedom to work in large scale formats even for one-off custom orders. With this latest investment, we are increasing our own capabilities to deliver against the most creative designs and fulfil the imagination potential of our designers and customers.’

‘Our in-house design team prides itself on delivering the impactful displays our customers want and we believe their imagination deserves an equally imaginative approach to digital printing and display fabrication,’ said Maister. ‘The C64 enables us to deliver the very best finish to make our customers’ visions a reality, while the investment in the automated feeder stacker ensures that we can achieve more in less time. The underside camera alone, which takes away the manual processes of checking each sheet and calculating registration marks, will save us up to 30 minutes on each job.’

Global Imaging took advantage of the wide array of specialist tooling available for the C64, adding the Kongsberg High Frequency Vibracut Knife Tool, which, with its powerful motor, is ideal for cutting heavily recycled board at efficient speeds, as well as the Rigid Material Knife Tool that excels at everything from lightweight detailed work to cutting heavy rigid board like plastic foamed 3mm PVC.

‘The C64 delivers the highest levels of performance,’ said Vince Tuccitto, Kongsberg PCS Territory Sales Manager for eastern Canada. ‘With its state-of-the-art, rock-solid engineering and aerospace technology, it combines a steel tabletop with aluminium honeycomb core, a rack and pinion drive system and dynamic table mapping to deliver the greatest cutting accuracy and consistency. With the addition of the optional tooling combination, the team can manufacture large displays quickly and easily while being confident in achieving the best quality of final print and cut.

‘The new table is also served by the board feeder and stacker that enables Global Imaging to significantly increase its productivity,’ said Tuccitto. ‘With its stack height and quick automatic load cycles, it is the optimal solution for short run production of a wide variety of materials. The Underside Camera scans each sheet from below, on the print side, and automatically locates the registration marks, barcodes and the corner of the sheet,’ he said. ‘This saves anything from 20 to 30 minutes on each set up, further boosting productivity.’


Kalideck Resuming Full Operations Following Damage To KwaZulu-Natal Facility

Kalideck has reported that while its employees in KwaZulu-Natal are safe following the unrest in that region, its facility suffered extensive damage and loss of inventory and assets at the hands of looters. However, due to the company’s national resources (seven branches throughout Southern Africa) and the passion of the Kalideck team, business is resuming as per normal.

The company’s contingency plans for the affected operations are already under way to restore operational capability, especially in the Pinetown branch, ably supported by Kalideck’s branches in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), Bloemfontein, Pretoria and Johannesburg, all of which are fully operational. Apart from the pursuit of normalcy of branch operations, and with the Covid-19 third wave in mind, the company’s executives, managers and salespeople are available to attend to every customer requirement at all times with safety and confidence.

‘Our well documented contingency plans (covering all possible identified risks) sprang into action, and we have drawn inventory and resources from other Kalideck branches, which means that we can provide our valued customers the same superior level of service they have been accustomed to,’ said CEO Raymond Waldeck in a statement issued by the company. ‘A special thank you to all our customers and our suppliers for their unwavering support. Sadly, many of our customers, and in turn their customers, also suffered serious loss in the ensuing mayhem and our thoughts are with them.’

‘We thank each Kalideck employee, especially those who went above and beyond the call of duty to protect and secure the Kalideck properties. It would also be remiss of us not to pause for a moment and remember all those who have lost their lives during this time, those that suffered irreparable harm to person and property and all those that are emotionally burdened,’ added Waldeck.

‘We are not oblivious to the after-effects, but we remain optimistic about the future possibilities for South Africa. As a new day dawns, we find ourselves focusing on the possibilities of what tomorrow may hold for each person and the unwavering purpose to get our country working again. There can be no doubt that South Africa faces many challenges over the next couple of months, but at Kalideck, our resolve remains unshaken for what lies ahead.’

+27 11 688 6000

Kemtek Resume Delivery Schedules Following Unrest

Kemtek Imaging Systems is slowly returning to its standard delivery schedules across the country, but still anticipates some minor delays with stock transfers between Durban and Johannesburg.

The Durban branch has returned to normal working hours. The Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth branches are open as usual.

‘We will continue to monitor the situation across the country and will communicate any changes to the above if necessary. We wish you a peaceful and productive week,’ said Graham Comins, Managing Director.

Please contact the Durban branch via telephone, +27 31 700 9363, or email for further clarification regarding outstanding orders and collection times available.

+27 11 624 8000

Zünd UK Achieves Environmental Management Certification

ISO 14001:2015 is the environmental management standard that provides an international framework to help organisations minimise their impact on the environment and comply with environmental laws and regulations.

Zünd UK is proud to announce that the business has achieved the certification as part of their work towards continuous environmental improvement.

Louise McCord, Operations, Quality and HR Manager at Zünd UK said, ‘As a company that operates all over the UK, we strive to limit the environmental impact of our activities and use our resources sparingly. We try to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities in everything we do, and to have achieved certification within a few months of deciding to apply for accreditation was an achievement the whole team can be proud of. This gives us and our customers the reassurance that the processes we follow at all times take account of our environmental responsibilities.’

Recent initiatives from Zünd UK include the use of the VYN app, a SmartVideoNotes data application designed to capture and share information from the field, which can then be analysed and reviewed remotely to enable tracking and logging of actionable next steps, based on AI-driven outcomes. The use of the VYN App plays a key part in helping Zünd UK to reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint by taking company vehicles off the road for pre-installation site surveys or on-site support call-outs.

The company has also invested in a new fleet of vehicles that meets the Euro 6 emissions standards. Euro 6 is the name given to a set of limits for harmful exhaust emissions produced by any vehicle powered by petrol or diesel engines. Nicki Kay, Managing Director at Zünd UK said, ‘We are also in the process of installing multiple Electric Vehicle charge points at our St Albans, UK head office in anticipation of the mass migration to electric powered travel.’

Tel: +27 11 789 1222

Epson Announces Upcoming Addition Of New Print Heads For Signage Applications

The T3200-U3 (‘T3200’) enables simultaneous, high-quality, four-colour CMYK printing at high speed from a single print head. Furthermore, incorporating a heater in the print head makes printing possible even with highly viscous UV ink, and thus can provide an optimal digital printing environment, especially for printing, signage and product packages.

The new products will strengthen the line-up for applications such as signage and easily allow printers to deliver high print quality at high speed. The two-colour T1600-U3 (‘T1600’) will be released to market at the same time. These new products will expand Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead offerings to a six series line-up and provide a diverse range of digital printing environments.

Features of the T3200

– Easily equips printers with the ability to deliver outstanding print quality in four-colour CMYK from a single print head.
– Ordinarily, a pair of two-colour print heads must be combined to print in four-colours of ink. The T3200, however, can eject the four CMYK colours from a single printhead.

Moreover, a precision-processed positioning mechanism will save customers time, trouble and money while providing high-quality printing, because customers will not have to engineer a mechanism to determine the spacing between print heads or make adjustments during installation.


– High-speed printing enabled by a wider effective print width.
– Whereas Epson’s current four-colour print head, the I3200, has an effective print width of 33.8mm (1.33 inches), the T3200 and T1600 have an effective print width nearly double that, at 67.3mm (2.65 inches). Furthermore, the T3200 and T1600 have a different type of piezoelectric actuator than the I3200 to enable the ejection of larger ink droplets at higher frequencies. This facilitates faster printing without compromising the high image quality and easy installation for which the I3200 is known.

The T3200 and T1600 are the first print heads in the Epson PrecisionCore series to have a built-in heater. The heater makes it possible to eject UV inks of various viscosities, expanding the range of applications, especially for signage and product packaging.

The four-colour T3200 and the two-colour T1600 can be flexibly arranged to enable customers to develop many different types of printers with different numbers of colours and speeds. For example, the T3200 can be equipped with CMYK ink and the T1600 can be equipped with special inks such as white and varnish.

The two new products will accelerate the digitisation of signage printing and provide customers with an environment in which high-quality, high-speed printing can be more easily implemented in printers. Epson will continue to develop original technology to contribute to the expansion of its customers’ businesses and further accelerate inkjet innovation. The release date is expected to be during the second half of the 2021 fiscal year ending March 2022.


Caldera Announces Software Support For Roland Printer

Driving the Roland IU-1000F with CalderaRIP software is an ideal way to make the most out of the printer’s speed and colour reproduction capabilities. The driver is optimised for the use of Roland’s special inks, and with Caldera’s advanced printing module, the user can manually or automatically manage how to use Primer, White and Clear inks on their print jobs.

Designed for demanding printing production environments, Roland’s latest UV flatbed printer can be driven by CalderaRIP Version 14 to deliver impeccable results on cost-effective applications such as signs, display graphics, interior design, backlit boxes, or canvas murals.

Moreover, CalderaRIP embeds premium components to always ensure printing accuracy and perfect results no matter the application:

– The latest version of the powerful Adobe PDF Print Engine ensures a reliable reproduction of designs on any surface.

– The X-Rite i1Prism Profiler for ICC profiling allows users to keep control over colours and ensure smooth gradients.

In addition, CalderaRIP comes with a range of features and options perfectly suited for high-demanding printing workflows. For example, you can set up an unlimited number of hotfolders and, since Version 14, benefit from powerful Smart Hotfolders to parallelise job processing and save up to 35% ripping time. For further automation, the unique Smart Import feature allows Smart Hotfolders to automatically extract meta-data from the filename, such as the number of copies, targeted printer or presets in order to speed up job submission of traditional file-based workflows Smart Import is available for customers with an ongoing subscription to CalderaCare.

In addition, Caldera’s true shape nesting feature delivers smarter image placing and optimised layouts for all kinds of shapes, not only rectangular, in order to dramatically reduce media waste and ensure a sustainable production while maximising ROI. Furthermore, the solution generates barcodes or QR codes to improve the finishing process.

Finally, Caldera is a fully scalable solution that is perfectly suited for high-speed, mass-production, print and cut environments. It is compatible with more than 1600 peripherals and its unique client/server architecture allows users to distribute computation power on several computers using the same software licence to drive a company’s fleet of printers seamlessly. Also, the optional GrandCutServer module generates cut files that are entirely compatible with multiple types of routers for a seamless print to cut workflow.

All print and cut drivers are available for download on Caldera WorkSpace.

Tel: +27 11 789 1222

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