Midcomp Azero Announces New Large Format Plotter Range

Midcomp Azero has announced the availability of the new HP DesignJet range, including the HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio series. The HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio series are intuitive and easy to print with, so that architects, engineers and construction professionals can focus on what is important.

The HP DesignJet Studio Printer series and the HP DesignJet T600 Printer series are the only solutions providing seamless printing of both large and small format sheets automatically in a multi-size print basket compared to competitive alternatives with comparable size and features as of January, 2020.

The increase in demand for different workspaces forces us to search for ways to meet space requirements and adhere to budgets. The HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio series are the world’s smallest plotters designed with sustainability in mind.

HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio series printers are up to 38% smaller compared to competitive alternatives with comparable size and features as of January, 2020. They are also the world’s smallest large format plotters based on the most compact footprint.

Architects, engineers and construction professionals spend a lot of time outside the office, between construction sites, offices and external presentations. This requires tools that can bring the freedom to work remotely and securely, as simply as possible.

HP is reducing the carbon footprint of printing through carbon reduction initiatives such as energy efficiency, reduced packaging and use of recycled plastics. The HP DesignJet Studio Printer is the first HP DesignJet where HP has offset the remaining carbon impact due to raw material extraction and processing, printer manufacturing and transportation, as well as electricity, paper and cartridge use in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.

‘What is unique to the South African market is that a large number of architect and engineering practices have seen downscaling and office spaces were vacated to run with a smaller staff complement from their homes. Normally, there would be one or two of these printers at the office in a print room,’ said Mariana Raath, General Manager, Midcomp Azero.

‘Now there is still the requirement to print (as prints needs to be submitted to municipalities/local government as well as to the project managers on the sites doing the actual work). However, these often large, heavy and high capacity printers now need to be ‘replaced’ by much lighter printers with a smaller footprint that will not only fit into the home area of the users, but also look attractive among their home furniture or ‘blend’ in (which the new design allows). More importantly these units need to be shared by multiple team members. The new printers are light enough to be carried and transported in an ordinary passenger vehicle to the next user’s house.’

Raath also mentioned the machines’ easier user interface, which is similar to a cellphone, and has been designed for users that never needed to interface with a printer before, to make them more comfortable with the technology. ‘The Plug&Play system is more advanced, and Wi-Fi can be used to print to these printers.’

HP DesignJet T200 series

– Available in 60.96cm (24”).
– Up to 30 second A1 print speed.
– 512MB of internal memory.
– Stand accessory.
– Roll cover accessory.
– Automatic sheet feeder accessory.

HP DesignJet T600 series

– Available in 60.96cm (24”) and 91.44 (36”).
– Up to 25 second A1 print speed.
– 1G of internal memory.
– Stand included.
– Roll cover included.
– Automatic sheet feeder included.

HP DesignJet Studio series

– Available in 60.96cm (24”) and 91.44 (36”).
– Up to 25 second A1 print speed.
– First net carbon neutral HP DesignJet plotter.
– New aesthetics with high tech look and feel.
– 1G of internal memory.
– Stand included.
– Roll cover included.
– Automatic sheet feeder included.

In terms of additional markets the machines can open for users, Raath said, ‘The printer can be used for technical drawings as well as to print a sheet that has a paper doll with an entire wardrobe for cut-outs printed on it; the scene of an Avengers’ show-down, customised gift wrap, or school notices – the market is endless.’

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
MIDCOMP
Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222
Email: sales@midcomp.co.za
Website: http://www.midcomp.co.za

Midcomp Consumables Partners With Vested Capital To Distribute Dye Sublimation Paper

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Midcomp Consumables has partnered with Vested Capital to distribute Kaspar Papir’s specially engineered media for dye sublimation printing. The high performance papers cater to a wide range of applications within the digital printing industries worldwide. Kaspar Papir is compatible with most printers currently available on the market, including high-speed industrial printers. 

‘Kaspar Papir from Vested Capital provides Midcomp Consumables with another premium brand to add to its existing product range. It is the perfect synergy for the HP Stitch dye sublimation printers that form part of the Midcomp product portfolio. The HP Stitch creates sharp, vivid graphics, from team uniforms to technical outfits, fashion garments and banners. The printer achieves consistent colour year after year, even as environmental conditions change. Kaspar Papir dye sublimation paper allows the HP Stitch to print at top speed while producing high-resolution textiles in richly saturated colours. It is dye-sublimation printing reinvented,’ said Rakesh Rosen, MD at Midcomp Consumables.

The dye sublimation paper product range comprise Superlite45, Lite65, Speed85 and Heavy105 in widths ranging from 1,62m to 3,2m, and includes Sticky85 medium and hard tack. Key benefits include excellent transfer yield, very high ink release, fast drying time and less cockling. The quality of each plotter roll is consistent and boxed with protective casing, with no local rewinding to minimise the risk of handling.

‘Our collaboration with Midcomp Consumables is the next step to establish Kaspar Papir as the premium dye sublimation paper of choice in South Africa,’ stated Conrad Beer and Eckhardt Kröhnert, directors of Vested Capital.

MIDCOMP
(+27 10) 020 9999
consumables@midcomp.co.za
http://www.midcomp.co.za

VESTED CAPITAL
https://www.vestedcapital.co.za/shop/sublimation-paper

Titan Jet Africa Showcasing Sublimation Solutions At Graphics Print Sign Pop Up Activation

Titan Jet Africa’s focus is on start up businesses and job creation. The company will showcase entry market sublimation equipment and consumables, with a high value centred around the start up kit, at the upcoming Graphics Print Sign (GPS) Pop Up Activation, being held from 29 October – 1 November at Eastgate Shopping Centre, Johannesburg.

This equipment will allow users to enter the printing industry by printing corporate gifts and branding products. With the pro kit, T-shirt kit and elite kit, high savings are possible. The company also specialise in large format printers, which take businesses to the next level with a low running cost and high quality printing solutions.

Date: Thursday 29 October – Sunday 1 November 2020

Time: 9am – 6pm daily 

Address: Eastgate Shopping Centre, Strelitzia Court Entrance 6, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview.

Parking: Underground parking is available for your own cost. You can also download the new Admyt app for parking payment. The open parking opposite entrance 6 is free (Opposite the Mega Mica). There is no entrance fee or registration needed for the activation – simply come through and be inspired. 

GPS
info@graphicsprintsign.com
graphicsprintsign.com

TITAN JET
+27 12 567 7546
info@mcsqr.co.za
http://www.titanjet.co.za

HEXIS Group Launch PVC Film For Large Format Surfaces

The200Evo’s Take Heat Easy® technology is the result of a combination of a solvent based adhesive and a micro-structured liner developed by Hexis’ R&D team. This innovation has been specially designed to reduce the initial tack and immediate adhesion, thus making the installation of the vinyl more convenient with an optimal adhesive bonding process.

Ease of repositioning, print quality and optimal durability are all assets that will allow customers to express their creativity with unlimited possibilities and installers to use it conveniently on flat or slightly curved surfaces, for 2D wrapping projects (buses, lorries, fleet vehicles etc.) and large format signage.

Thibault Veuillet, Business Development Manager Automotive, commented, ‘With its excellent sliding properties on the substrate, the film is an ideal solution, especially when an installer needs to quickly and accurately position two printed widths. It is amazingly easy to find the perfect alignment for a design.’

HEXIS have developed and are now launching the V850B laminate with a thickness of 50μm, which is ideal when combined with the new film. Caroline Mateu, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hexis said, ‘Our research laboratory and our industrial team have combined their respective strengths and skills to complete the design and manufacturing process of these two new products in the most successful way. In the year 2020, despite the current health issues, Hexis continue their race for technological innovation with the launch of the new self-healing X technology for our vehicle body protection films (Bodyfencex) and the antimicrobial Pure Zone® technology for surface protection.’

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
FALCON
Tel: (+27) (0) 861 FALCON
Email: info@falconsa.com
Website: http://www.falconsa.com

Midcomp Installs HP Latex Machine

Midcomp recently installed an HP Latex 570 at Tygan Digital And Signage. Water-based HP Latex Technology is unique, delivering a combination of true application versatility, high image quality and high productivity, and a sustainable approach that is better for operators, businesses and the environment.

The HP Latex 570 allows the user to load rolls in one minute or less with the spindle-less pivot table and skew automatic adjustment. It runs unattended and produces highly saturated prints with up to 50% more ink density using vivid print modes.

Tygan Digital and Signage specialise in large format digital printing, point of sale and signage. The company offers a complete turnkey solution, assisting clients in every aspect of a project. With years of experience, the business prides itself on its reliability and ability to execute projects nationally.

‘We have travelled a long road with Midcomp and have had the pleasure of dealing with Midcomp Group CEO Rob Makinson and his team for over 10 years,’ said director Monique Meano. ‘When we were in the market to replace our HP 360, there was no doubt that we would turn to Midcomp for assistance. We required a reliable printer that could handle high productivity at cost effective prices. We service many clients in the retail industry and work on extremely tight deadlines. The HP L570 ensures exceptional quality and speed, and the ability to use printed media immediately.’

Meano described the service from Midcomp as ‘phenomenal as always’, and praised its Pay Per Use (PPU) programme, stating that it gives the company a fixed cost per square metre to work on, with no hidden costs and no additional maintenance fees. Pay Per Use (PPU) is a comprehensive and customised programme, created by Midcomp, that ensures users pay a fixed ‘per square metre’ charge for the square metres they print.

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
MIDCOMP
Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222
Email: sales@midcomp.co.za
Website: http://www.midcomp.co.za

Tygan Digital And Signage
+27 11 452 7757
Keegan@tyganpress.co.za
http://tygandigital.co.za

Midcomp’s Latex Printer And Cutting Solution Ensure Client Satisfaction

Since installing an HP L570 printer and HP 160 1.6m vinyl cutter, Print Corp has reported that its business has seen growth in overall operational efficiencies.

Water-based HP Latex Technology is unique – delivering a combination of true application versatility, high image quality and high productivity, and a sustainable approach that is better for operators, businesses and the environment.

The cutter features a drag-knife with TurboCut and Tangential emulation modes, with a cut speed of up to 113cm/sec diagonal. ‘When we were looking to buy a printer, we had a few boxes to tick,’ said JP Pretorius, owner, Print Corp. ‘We wanted our print work to be ready to use immediately after printing. That is exactly what we got with the HP L570. It does not matter what material you print on, everything is ready straight out of the printer to applicate or laminate.’

‘We had to have a printer that was extremely versatile with regards to media. With the new generation Latex inks, you are able to print on a wide variety of media, even textiles. We had to have a printer that used eco-friendly inks, so the water based latex inks were a perfect fit. We also needed a printer that did not take up a lot of space. With the front loading system of the HP, you can put the printer right up against a wall and save a lot of space.’

Johannesburg-based Print Corp are specialists in signage (light-boxes, billboards, cut-out letters, vehicle branding, flags and banners), wide format latex printing, UV flatbed printing, direct to substrate printing, textured printing, T-shirts and promotional items, logo design, company ‘look and feel’, display designs and promotional material.

Pretorius has been very impressed by Midcomp’s service. ‘We where blown away by Midcomp from the very first day that we met salesperson Darryl Braithwaite. Midcomp became more than just a supplier – we feel like family when we walk into their offices. We were so happy with their way of doing business that we bought a flatbed printer from them as well and they still don’t cease to amaze us with their support and service.’

Pay Per Use (PPU) is a comprehensive and customised programme, created by Midcomp, that ensures users pay a fixed ‘per square metre’ charge for the square metres they print. ‘The unique PPU option that we took when we bought the printer gives you such peace of mind that you do not have to worry about ink, service charges, repairs and parts,’ added Pretorius.

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
MIDCOMP
Tel: (+27 11) 789 1222
Email: sales@midcomp.co.za
Website: http://www.midcomp.co.za

Print Corp

Mimaki Textile Printers Ramp Up Business Production

The Tiger-1800B MkII is Mimaki’s flagship industrial volume textile printer, available either in dye sublimation configuration for transfer printing or with reactive ink for direct-to-textile printing.

Mimaki Europe has announced that Pakistan-based textile company, Moti Fabrics (Pvt) Ltd., is leveraging multiple Mimaki Tiger industrial textile printing units to take its business to the next level. As a result of the outstanding performance and process optimisation delivered by the Mimaki digital printing equipment, the company has been able to adapt to changes in the textile industry and is now projected to reinforce its market position and expand its capabilities in high-quality textile production.

Headquartered in Faisalabad, Punjab province – the second largest textile hub in Pakistan – Moti Fabrics mainly serves the high fashion industry and uses its cutting-edge technology to print about 100,000 metres daily. Faced with recent challenges in the global textile market, management at Moti Fabrics (Pvt) Ltd. embarked on innovating the company’s business model, shifting from conventional to digital printing. In doing so, the company invested in Mimaki’s advanced industrial textile technology and installed three Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII units.

‘We were, and still are, experiencing a massive transformation in the printing segment, with brands demanding high quality products delivered within short deadlines. This change in our customers’ requirements urged us to move to digital printing,’ said Muhammad Asif, CEO at Moti Fabrics. ‘Our choice has already proved sound as our brand-new Tiger-1800B MkII printing systems have enabled us to cope with the high standards of the fashion industry in terms of both quality and delivery times. In addition, we have been able to gradually enhance our production processes in a cost-effective way.’

Of the three Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII solutions operating at Moti Fabrics two are equipped with reactive inks, enabling the company to directly print onto natural fibres such as cotton and linen, as well as onto manufactured cellulose fibres, including rayon and nylon. The third Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII features sublimation inks and serves the ever-growing printed polyester market, allowing the company to strategically diversify its product portfolio.

‘There are several features of the Tiger-1800B MkII that benefit our production and our business at large. The Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS), just to name one, prevents banding and colour-shifting to deliver a higher standard of quality, while the Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) provides uninterrupted production, minimising downtime and ensuring superior results. The sticky belt system together with the large-size ink tanks (with a capacity of 10kg) and the high-performance software RIP TxLink3 are some of the other features that make these printers efficient, user-friendly and reliable,’ said Asif.

Asif concluded, ‘Looking at the future, our aim is to set up a print department featuring only Mimaki’s technologies. We are already considering the next steps to make this possible, knowing that we can count on the support of Signtrade, Mimaki’s dealer in the region and our trustworthy partner.’

Moti Fabrics was founded in 1992 by Asif’s father Haji Muhammad Yousaf and his partner Haji Rasheed Ahmad. Established as a dyeing company, Moti Fabrics was able to gradually diversify the business over the years to become an advanced textile printing specialist. Today, the company is an established provider to the high fashion industry in Pakistan and on an international level.

‘The story of Moti Fabrics is incredibly inspiring. Belonging to a region with such rooted textile printing heritage, the company has been able to embrace a new and challenging business model in order to keep up with the changing demand from the textile industry and has succeeded in this,’ commented Ronald van den Broek, General Sales Manager at Mimaki Europe. ‘Customers like Moti Fabrics make us proud as they demonstrate how our advanced Mimaki Tiger industrial textile series can be the enabling technology for those textile companies planning the shift from conventional to digital printing.’

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
Graphix Supply World
Tel: (+27) (0) 21 511 5340
Email: marketing@gsw.co.za
Website: http://www.gsw.co.za

Trotec Announces New Laser Machine Software

The new Trotec Ruby software redefines how users work with a laser machine. After three years of continual efforts, the open beta version of Ruby is ready to be released.

The new laser software is defined by its simple and efficient workflow when taking an initial idea to the final product. This ensures profitable order processing, not to mention the delightful user interface.

This new laser software is characterised by its simple and efficient workflow – from idea to finished product. With the use of this platform, it guarantees profitable order processing and provides users with a web-based network, and therefore a digital-to-the-core set-up.

The adaptable software was designed from a zero starting point and because of this, it lends itself to future developments. The new platform opens up possibilities that have long been in demand but were previously unthinkable, such as complete independence from the operating system. This technology will offer laser users unprecedented added value and will be setting new standards.

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
TROTEC LASER SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: (+27) (0) 87 550 6300
Website: http://www.troteclaser.co.za

Vastex Introduces Prepress System For Screen Printing Shops

The package includes a washout booth to clean, inspect and develop screens; a semi-automatic screen coater to precisely apply emulsion; a drying cabinet to cure the emulsion; an LED exposing unit to expose the emulsion and a pin registration system to preregister screens as well as accurately register screens onto the press.

It is comprised of performance-matched components that significantly reduce prepress time and increase registration accuracy. The stainless steel washout booth, model VWB-3627, comes with a frosted acrylic back panel and backlight to aid in visual inspection of the screen and frame during cleaning, inspection and final development.

Foot-pedal operation of the wall-mounted C-1000 semi-automatic screen coater lowers the screen at a constant rate, allowing application of the emulsion with greater uniformity than possible using manual methods.

Variable heat and filtered airflow of the Dri-Vault Model VDC-253610 screen drying cabinet cure coated screens in as little as 20 minutes. The E2-5236 LED Exposing Unit, with 0.37 kW vacuum generator, exposes one 130 x 90 cm screen or two 60 x 90 cm screens in as little as 20 seconds, and achieves tight screen-to-glass contact in as little as 6 seconds for sharp reproduction of fine detail.

The VRS pin registration system allows an operator to align film positives on all screens in register prior to exposing them, and to clamp each screen to the press in register in approximately three minutes per screen, greatly increasing press time, output and profit.

Prepress package components are also offered separately by the company, along with other screen printing and DTG printing equipment, including Infrared Conveyor Dryers, manual and automatic screen printing presses, flash cure units and complete screen printing shop packages geared for beginners up to high-volume commercial printers.

 LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR 
REXX SCREEN AND DIGITAL SUPPLIES
Tel: +27215105665
Email: info@rexxscreenandigital.co.za
Website: http://www.rexxscreendigital.co.za

Canon Flatbed Printer Receives Award For Diverse Features

Selected by a panel of expert analysts with years of combined experience in production print products and analysing market trends, Canon’s Arizona 2300 was judged against three key metrics: how ground-breaking or unique the product innovation was, its likely impact on the market segment it addresses, and the expected timeline for availability to the market.

Keypoint Intelligence has recognised the advances that Canon has made in production print with the announcement of a BLI Outstanding Innovation Award in Production Print for the Arizona 2300 flatbed printer series. The winners of this inaugural award ‘feature technologies that improve output quality, enhance productivity, deliver workflow efficiencies, impact sustainability and advance their product segments in meaningful ways.’

The Arizona 2300, which was launched this year on 1 September, was celebrated for its ‘game-changing’ Arizona Flow technology. Using an airflow suction technique, it combines a zone-less, multi-origin table layout with easy-to-use registration pins to better secure a substrate in place on the table. With this technology, the Arizona 2300 no longer requires operator time for masking the table or taping down the media, ‘enabling faster changeover between jobs, shorter set-up times and hassle-free job switching’.

Jens Filipsson, Owner of Wiking Screen and Reklam commented, ‘Our everyday challenges to reduce turnaround times have been solved since installing the Arizona 2300, which offers high speed and improved quality. The Arizona is crucial for our business success and with the flatbed printer, we can take customers’ ideas and turn them into reality. We chose Canon for its quality and value, which has once again been proven with the Arizona 2300.’

Christian Unterberger, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Canon Production Printing, said, ‘We are extremely proud to have had these three printers recognised in the inaugural Keypoint Intelligence BLI Awards. At Canon, investment in R&D comes high up on our list of priorities so that we can deliver on our promise to our customers of ‘no compromise’ on innovation, quality, productivity and versatility. The feedback we have had from our customers on our production print product portfolio has been excellent. We have enabled our customers to improve production efficiencies, expand their application possibilities and, in turn, achieve business growth.’

CANON SOUTH AFRICA
+27 (0) 82 863 6756
hennie.kruger@canon.co.za
http://www.canon.co.za

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