Ikonos Announces Large Format Printing Papers


Constellation 700 is the new blueback type for additional printing methods. Printable with eco solvent, Latex and UV curable inks, the blueback also characterises optimal opacity and is designed to withstand all the processes demanded from large format outdoor adverts.

Constellation 415 is the first whiteback in the Constellation family. Suitable for solvent, Latex and UV curable printing methods, the paper weights 150g and has very good physical properties.

Ikonos is in the process of switching the production towards eco-friendly products. The new Constellation blueback and whiteback papers are the expression of this policy.

The general effort is to replace PVC plastics with PP, PE or PET foil, wherever it is possible and justified. The production of the company’s papers follows the strictest practices set by the EU. The materials are recyclable and biodegradable. They also are 100% vinyl-free.


Vpress Announces Web To Print Engine

Vpress has now revealed its new Dynamic Editor 4.0 web to print engine, which enables customers to enhance their value delivery, reduce unnecessary support hours spent on each account, and thus increasing their profitability.

‘This Web to Print engine is fully integrated with the Coreprint Digital Asset Management (DAM) system, and its powerful user interface has been designed to ensure you can empower your customers creatively, without the need for extensive training and set-up,’ said James Hall, Technical Director of Vpress. He added, ‘More important than that, its intuitive and adaptive features significantly reduce the time you will need to spend supporting customers on the phone and through email.’

Issues with artwork resolution, poor design and misuse of brand guidelines all require teams team to intervene and perform multiple manual tasks to set it right – reducing productivity and efficiency to keep the customer happy. Dynamic Editor 4.0 addresses this.

Craig Smith, Global Product Manager at Vpress, explained, ‘Dynamic Editor 4.0 delivers unparalleled levels of performance and creativity for the user, whilst conforming to a definable brand control framework. Built from the ground up using the latest technologies, it is mobile responsive, available across multiple devices and browsers and ensures availability anytime and anywhere.’

Smith explained some of the key features of the platform and how it can add immense value to the service businesses offer customers, ‘The experience of using it is live, dynamic and efficient, improving the overall appearance of the design work, but without compromising on product quality or brand integrity. Templates can be put together very quickly and easily, enabling the user’s creative control to be completely configured as part of a simple set-up.

‘As with the text, users can select from a set of curated approved image content and use the intuitive tools to make changes quickly and easily. This is critical, as it means even users with little or no design experience within a wider team can crop and realign images or change opacity levels — all while being kept within the safe guard rails of the templates’ brand guidelines and the appropriate level of creative freedom they have been given access to.’

As Smith pointed out, the feedback from Vpress focus groups was overwhelmingly positive about being able to make a change to artwork live and see it take effect instantly, while knowing that images, text and colour can all be adjusted without fear of causing an issue.

For those buyers who are new to this technology, they can complete the personalisation of a product via a ‘guided pathway’, where the software steps through every stage with the inexperienced buyer so they can be confident they have not missed any areas of the template. For those buyers who are experienced or have used the dynamic template before, they can switch to Advanced Mode, with a minimal user interface, and select any object on any page at will to make their required changes.

‘Whilst delivering unrivalled controlled personalisation opportunities and brand management capabilities, it is still an easy to use and intuitive process for the print buyer,’ said Smith. ‘The buyer can edit proofs live within their browsers, whilst allowing brands to protect specific aspects of the proof without hampering their creativity.’

While any dynamic template can be opened up to become a non-restrictive creative tool where desired, Dynamic Editor 4.0 gives brands much greater control over the content produced without impacting the fully immersive design environment.

Once the initial template is created, the system guides the user seamlessly through the steps needed to adapt and update artwork, keeping its brand colours spot on, logos and graphics in the right proportions, and all the while ensuring that which is dispatched to the printing press will render perfectly.

Hall expands on why this new release is such a powerful new tool for its customers, ‘Ultimately Dynamic Editor 4.0, in conjunction with Coreprint Web to Print software, reduces the time spent on manual touchpoints between you and the client. It also enhances the productivity of your client, creating an immense value add for your relationship. This is partly because their less-experienced team members can now be actioned to make basic updates to artwork and dispatch them without any worries they will make an error.’

‘The easier you make it for the customer to specify and send the print file to you, the more they are going to order from you. And by reducing manual interventions, you are increasing your profitability per client.’

The tools within Dynamic Editor 4.0 can be tightly controlled, ensuring that the content is moved only within set parameters, as defined by the brand guidelines. For instance, a logo could be fixed in the top right-hand corner, while an image could be resized and moved horizontally across the bottom of the user interface or text could be moved up and down the left-hand border.

Text size can also be predetermined, completely controlled by the user, or even automatically resized to fit the defined area. Fixed content can also be defined via dropdowns and date pickers to ensure correct values and formatting are adhered to.

Smith concluded, ‘Being housed within the Coreprint technology platform, Dynamic Editor 4.0 is also fully integrated with any Management Information System (MIS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), procurement or prepress workflow.

‘Dynamic Editor 4.0 is simply an immensely valuable addition to the Coreprint standard editor, allowing users to edit within the proof and make endless changes without the need to refresh the page after each field is edited and completed, saving a significant amount of time and effort for all involved. This tool ensures that brands are able to protect certain aspects of the design while still allowing users to be as creative as they want to be.’

Jean Lloyd Consulting
+27 (0) 82 315 3850

Allrich Announces Polycarbonate And PETG Sheets For Signage And More

EUROLITE Twin and Multiwall polycarbonate sheets are manufactured from high quality polycarbonate resin. These reflect heat and transmit light. They can transmit maximum 80% and minimum 25% of light, at a significantly low heat transmission level, which guarantees the most favourable illumination with utmost comfort. They are ideal for signage.


– UV 1: clear, bronze and Blue.
– Size: 2100 x 5800mm.
– Thickness: 6mm.


– Billboards, signage and displays.
– Skylights, pergolas and greenhouses.
– Skywalks, stadium roofing and carports.
– Railway station roofing and indoor partitions.
– Construction and architecture.

EUROLITE Flat Solid Polycarbonate Sheet is a clear, transparent glazing material that provides 200 times more impact resistance than glass at only half the weight. It can be thermoformed, fabricated and cold curved for use in architectural roof lights, barrel vaults and specialist glazing applications. Providing high impact resistance, this is the preferred material for safety glazing, protective screening, machine guards and visors. It is available in thicknesses of 3mm and 5mm. These come with double sided UV, IR heat block, condensation control and strong adhesion film for heavy fabrication projects.


– UV 2: clear.
– Size: 2050 x 3050mm.
– Thickness: 5mm.


– Illuminated signage and displays.
– Machine guards and bus shelters.
– Curved roof lights and greenhouses.
– Canopies and industrial skylights.
– Vertical glazing.
– Construction and architecture.
– Poster covers.

GLOBAL PETG Sheets are strong and cost-effective when compared to either acrylic or polycarbonate sheets. Its unique characteristics make it preferable for impact-resistant glazing and high strength display units. Suitable for digital printing, PETG lends itself to product materials, displays and signage.


– Colour: clear.
– Size: 1250 x 2500mm.
– Thickness: 0.5mm, 0.75mm, 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm.


– Signage and POS displays.
– Visual advertising.
– Labelling.

In general, PETG is a food-safe plastic that is commonly used for food containers and bottles for liquid beverages. PETG is both thermo-formable and vacuum-formable, and can tolerate a tremendous amount of pressure without cracking. Although PETG is naturally clear, it takes colour easily during processing. It can be injection moulded into a variety of shapes, or extruded into sheets. It fabricates easily, making it an easy material for both practitioners and professional fabricators.

(+27 11) 314 3237

AM.CO.ZA Announces New CNC Routers And Hand-Down Rollers

AM.CO.ZA’s new 2021 model CNC routers and hand-down rollers are available in different variations. 

– R-1325C/30L features a 3kW, 220V spindle, with a clamping table.
– R-1325C/55L features a 5.5kW, 380V spindle, with clamping table.
– R-1325K/55L features a 5.5kW, 380V spindle, with a vacuum table.

Dimensions for these models: 1300mm x 2500mm x 300mm.

– R-2030C/55L features a 5.5kW, 380V spindle, with clamping table.
– R-2030K/55L features a 5.5kW, 380V spindle with vacuum table.

Dimensions for these models: 2050mm x 3050mm x 300mm.

AM.CO.ZA use the same DSP Controller as Biesse Rover J FT NC Processing Centre – see the video.

The company has also introduced new compressed air operated hand-down rollers:

– R-ROLLER/1300, 1300mm.
– R-ROLLER/2000, 2050mm.

AM.CO.ZA Announces New CNC Routers And Hand-Down Rollers

Included are twin-rollers, a bracket with pneumatic cylinder, flip air switch, oil water separator with meter, connectors, fittings, screws and air pipes. See the video.

Tel: (+27 11) 397 1429
Email: service@am.co.za
Website: http://www.am.co.za

What Printers Can Do To Make Their Businesses More Resilient And Profitable In 2021

Representatives at Solimar Systems share their thoughts on trends that will shape the print industry in 2021. They offer their advice on what printers can do to make their businesses more resilient, competitive and profitable in the year ahead.

The print industry is rapidly changing. Economic pressures, new working requirements and changes in print buyer demands are reshaping the space in which print providers operate.

What are some print technology trends we can expect to see in 2021?

Drew Sprague, President: Among the many trends, I’d like to highlight three big ones. First, PDF asserts its place as the de facto printing standard across application types and workflows. No longer is PDF just for commercial print or electronic statement delivery. The flexibility of PDF, with its rich palette of features including colour control, make it irresistibly attractive even for transactional output.

Second, JDF gains traction. As devices become PDF-only, specifying finishing, tracking production and collecting accounting data drive connectivity from LPR and watched folder handshakes to full-fledged, bi-directional JMF/JDF dialogues.

Third, dashboards and mobile apps make the work floor much more visible. Tracking service level commitments, getting accurate and timely approvals and resolving operational issues become much easier.

Additionally, I see another step-change will be the way in which software is rolled out in a print shop environment. We see many people looking at virtualised environments with both private and hybrid cloud implementations. In 2021, I believe more companies will be looking at how they can make the best use of cloud services while keeping the necessary server-side for security and performance.

Live job tracking and reporting will be crucial to service providers. The ability to track jobs or individual pieces from anywhere at any time provides the accountability that matters for 2021 and beyond.

Do you think data security will continue to be a hot topic in 2021?

Jonathan Malone-McGrew, Senior Director of Engagement: Data security is an extremely hot topic for print providers. Since 2016 and the adoption of GDPR in the EU, we have seen increasing regulations around the globe. These changes require more careful and precise handling of data that may be used to identify a person.

As a consequence, more printers are taking aggressive steps to track Personally and Identifiable Information (PII). This reality drives the need for updated processes and technology that will secure data while being stored or as it moves through print or digital production processes. There are many opportunities to improve security with software solutions that make it possible to obfuscate content, encrypt data and align to an IT department’s strategy for defending against ransomware and other cyber attacks.

The good news is that workflow management software can really help in this respect. The right solution will offer highly secure print file transfer capabilities as well as data redaction, obfuscation and appropriate levels of encryption from the print management solution to the printer itself.

What has changed over the years and makes workflow systems still so relevant and key to businesses today?

Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer: From conversations with our global network including Solimar Customer Advisory Council (CAC), customers, partners and industry analysts, it is clear the idea of workflow is only increasing in relevance. From our customers’ perspective, the change in how work is being brought into their print and digital communications delivery environments continues to evolve.

There is a clear trend toward increased personalisation in jobs. This trend impacts print providers by creating shorter runs, or more job-of-one work, that can strain current processes especially if they are still completed manually by production staff. When looking at a production environment, it is critical to understand where bottlenecks are happening as it may challenge on-time delivery of current work and limit the opportunity to take on additional work that boosts profits.

We also see print providers looking to make changes to their environments, whether that is from mergers and acquisitions, expansion into new markets or upgrades to current hardware and software within their facilities. In each one of these examples, the current processes should be reviewed to identify if they are efficient or should be optimised for the best possible performance. This includes reducing redundant systems and/or upgrading to new technologies that are better suited to delivering the features and functions that will make it possible to achieve the organisation’s goals.

In my opinion, our own personal technology has shaped our expectations of what information we should be able to see, access and monitor within our businesses. I liken traditional print environments to the old advertising analogy, ‘I know half of my advertising is working, I just don’t know what half’.

Many environments suffer from a lack of automation, reporting and visibility, which impacts efficiency and responsiveness. Having real-time status updates at your fingertips whether via a mobile, tablet, desktop monitor or screen on a shop floor is critical to managing the ever-changing production environment with maximum effectiveness. Visibility and reporting make it possible to reduce and keep production costs in check while providing the ultimate benefit of empowering the organisation to take on new business and growth opportunities.

What steps can print shops take to make their business more profitable next year (and beyond)?

Malone-McGrew: Generally, when we talk about making the print production process more profitable, we look for areas where we can streamline processes, increase throughput and upgrade the entire performance of the production environment. When trying to impact profitability, you can raise prices to create more margin, but that may not be successful in a competitive environment — a situation most print markets are in today or will be in the future.

More commonly, we see customers turn to look at cost centres, opportunities to grow new business and value-adds for the buyer or consumer. When we walk a workflow with a customer, we often uncover opportunities for improvement. These lead to better utilisation of staff, reduced costs and many times new revenue. I talk with clients and future clients about manual processes, legacy software and hardware that may not be performing well in today’s environment.

Additionally, we discuss pre-printed stocks and forms, transition to colour and inkjet, archival costs and whether their print equipment is able to run at its best based on how files are fed to it. The key: a good workflow opens the door to new and better business. Improving efficiency will bolster profit, but it shouldn’t be the only method your organisation looks at. In many cases, an investment in small, tactical solutions can deliver compelling short-term returns.

What advice would you give to companies to streamline their business/optimise their workflow?

Sprague: The first step is to know your workflow. That sounds like a buzz phrase or a sales pitch, but it is the most important thing before deciding how your organisation and teams should act to streamline and optimise. The best advice we can give organisations that have production print and electronic delivery environments is to know exactly how jobs come in (on-boarding), how they get reviewed or interrogated (pre-press processing activities), how they are modified or enhanced, how they are queued or scheduled for print or e-delivery, and also what happens when things go wrong like damaged pieces and interruptions in the middle of printing.

It is also important to look at all the manual tasks that are being performed as part of the processes to take a job or print file from receipt to delivery. Manual processes invite human error, production time variances and risk when employees are not able to work. Automation, visibility, and accounting are key to making sure workflow is streamlined.

Are there other opportunities that print providers can take advantage of to improve the resilience and profitability of their businesses in 2021?

Rowan: as we look ahead there is no doubt in my mind that print and digital content providers will have the opportunity to accept outsourced work from large brands and organisations, see an uptick in demand for personalised content and be asked to deliver work both physically in print and across electronic distribution channels. These trends shine a positive light on the available opportunities heading into 2021.

My best advice to print providers is to make sure they are positioned to take advantage of all the opportunities that would benefit them. The solutions you implement are of supreme importance to the way your teams and processes work together in harmony and for success. I see significant opportunities for print providers to leverage technology that has been designed to be implemented with a professional services light strategy. This allows organisations to shorten the implementation, to easily train up and have confident people on staff to manage the solution and save money both in the short and long term on professional service hours.


Drytac Media Used For Challenging Wall Mural Project

Warwick Printing installed a liquor store wall mural in a single day using Drytac ReTac wall media, despite having to work around shelves full of fragile stock.

The client, South Country Co-op Liquor in Canada, required Warwick Printing to design, print and install 48 individual wall panels making up a mural spanning the store. As well as promoting the spirits, beer and wine on sale, the mural had a personal touch with a ‘Cheers Redcliff’ message. The installation took around 11 hours, including the set-up and tear-down of scaffolding, and having to negotiate some fragile obstacles – the bottles themselves.

Lee Weighill, owner of Warwick Printing, explained, ‘The main challenge was figuring out how to reach the 17 foot (5.2m) install height with racks up against every wall without having to empty out the whole store.

Drytac Wall Media Applied In Fragile Environment

‘There was not enough space for even the smallest scissor lift or boom lift and regular A-frame ladders would not get us close enough to the walls in the right position. We ended up using painters’ scaffolding and had to stack two units to get high enough, but it was still a 26” (66cm) reach to the wall, which made it a little more difficult.’ However, the team overcame these problems. ‘It was a good day’s work and not one bottle was knocked to the floor,’ said Lee.

The choice of vinyl was key to completing the job on time and in total Warwick Printing ran over 80m of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 through its HP Latex 360 printer. This 150μ (6 mil) white polymeric printable PVC film is coated with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology on one side, making it simple to install, reposition and remove printed graphics from surfaces such as walls.

Drytac Wall Media Applied In Fragile Environment

Lee said ReTac is his ‘favourite go-to’ wall mural vinyl. ‘We’ve worked with Drytac ReTac many times previously and are very familiar with it,’ he said.

Based in Lethbridge, AB, Warwick Printing has evolved from mainly offset press commercial printing to more digital wide format work in the last two years. Diversifying has helped the business reach new customers and survive the difficult trading conditions of this year’s pandemic.

‘We have fared pretty well so far during Covid-19,’ said Lee. ‘Overall business was down significantly, as much as 65% in the beginning, but we have seen some major gains in our wide format and signage division during the same period. I estimate we have done more volume during the pandemic than we did in the previous year and a half.

‘We saw an opportunity very early in the pandemic for signage and floor graphics and quickly created marketing materials so we were ready when business started opening up again. We’ve used dozens of rolls of Drytac FloorTac in the last six months, at one point running our HP Latex printer day and night to print Covid-related floor graphics. Because of this we also picked up a lot of other vinyl business unrelated to COVID. This has for sure helped fill the void left in our other areas of our commercial printing.’

(+27 10) 020 9999

Caldera Releases Latest RIP Software Update

This new update for CalderaRIP Version 14 brings two additional features. Firstly, it is now possible to automatically rotate jobs to fit width and height when cutting with a Tekcel OptiCam device.

In addition, Caldera’s Print Standard Verifier module has been updated and now includes FOGRA Print Standard Digital 2018 rules and values. Caldera’s Print Standard Verifier carries out conformity checks of the printing process with respect of the industry colour standards (FOGRA, G7 and ISO). This optional module ensures users meet international standards for colour consistency.

In order to help Caldera users streamline their production workflow, this new update provides numerous bug fixes to save time in day-to-day operations. The complete list of bug fixes included in CalderaRIP Update 201117 is available on Caldera Workspace and Caldera HelpDesk.

This new update continues to expand the award-winning software’s abilities to further enhance the user experience. Arnaud Fabre, Product Manager at Caldera said, ‘Caldera wants to support customers’ day-to-day operations by delivering enhancements to their cutting capabilities, allowing them to save time and media while producing social-distancing signs.’

Update 201117 adds another exclusive feature for CalderaCare. Users with a subscription to Caldera’s support and maintenance solution now benefit from an increased range of Cut Contours offsets (previously [-10mm, +10mm], now [-100mm, +100mm]). This improvement will help Caldera users better manage the cutting on shrinking textiles.

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

HP Selected As Partner To Pioneer 3D Printing In Golf

Reinvention plays a crucial part in innovation and Cobra’s LE 3D printed Supersport-35 Putter represents a revolutionary advancement in the way golf clubs are designed and manufactured.

Cobra Golf has announced the first of its revolutionary products featuring 3D printing technology. The King Supersport-35 putter, developed over the past two years in collaboration with Cobra engineers and the teams at HP and Parmatech, features a fully 3D printed metal body with an intricate lattice structure to optimise weight distribution and deliver the highest-possible moment of inertia (MOI) in a blade shape.

Born out of a forward-thinking philosophy, Cobra selected HP as its partner to pioneer 3D printing in golf due to the advantages that their Metal Jet Technology presented over traditional manufacturing and other 3D printing methods. With its quicker processing time, and greater design adaptability, its engineers were able to design, prototype and test multiple iterations and bring the product to market much faster than traditional manufacturing methods.

Cobra and HP began working together in early 2019 and, by early 2020, the team had created 35 different design iterations over the course of eight months. In addition to this launch, the brands are working together on a strategic, multi-year product roadmap, that leverages the design and manufacturing benefits of HP’s additive technologies to deliver future golf equipment that raises performance and golfer satisfaction to new levels. This is just the first foray into what promises to be a significant element in future Cobra golf clubs. Cobra has plans to launch two additional products in 2021 that feature 3D printed technology.

‘To continue innovating and transforming the way equipment is manufactured, we worked with HP and Parmatech to take advantage of the benefits of Metal Jet technology,’ said Jose Miraflor, Vice President of Marketing, Cobra Golf. During the development of the King Supersport-35 Putter, we saw immediate benefits from this process, including design freedom, rapid design iteration and high-quality parts that meet our economic demands. 3D printing is accelerating design innovation, and this breakthrough putter will help usher in a new era for the sporting equipment industry at large.’

‘The power of personalisation enabled by 3D printing delivers completely reimagined consumer products and experiences,’ said Uday Yadati, global head of HP Metal Jet, HP Inc. ‘This first of its kind putter is a shining example of the disruptive design and production capabilities of HP Metal Jet 3D printing technology. Cobra’s commitment to innovation and competitive excellence combined with the technical expertise and leadership from Parmatech has led to a breakthrough design win for golf fans around the world.’

COBRA’s Supersport putter, which comes in an oversized blade shape, features SIK Golf’s Patented Descending Loft technology reengineered into an aluminum face insert. This insert design strategically saves weight from the front of the putter to be repositioned heel-toe and tunes the feel to a slightly softer feel than a traditional all-steel SIK putter face. Their signature face design utilises four descending lofts (4°, 3°, 2°, 1°) to ensure the most consistent launch conditions for every putting stroke. The exciting partnership, born out of work with SIK Golf partner and COBRA ambassador, Bryson DeChambeau, yields flatsticks that not only provide superior stability and consistency due to 3D printing technology but also significantly improved consistency and roll performance.

‘I’ve had a lot of success over the years with my SIK putter and was really excited to work with COBRA to develop a new way to manufacture equipment and bring this new putter to market,’ said DeChambeau. ‘HP’s Metal Jet technology is an incredibly advanced production method and very exacting, which is pretty critical in golf equipment. I think golfers of all levels will benefit from the combination of COBRA’s high MOI design and SIK’s Descending Loft technology.’

HP Metal Jet 3D printing requires minimal post-process finishing. The entire putter body is printed using 316 stainless steel, and then sintered at a high temperature to bind the metal and form the final head part. Due to the advanced capabilities of Metal Jet printing, engineers were able to print an intricate lattice structure within the body – a manufacturing feat that would not be possible using traditional casting or forging methods.

The lattice fine tunes feel and optimises the distribution of weight within the putter head to create the highest MOI without the need for additional fixed weights. During the final step of the manufacturing process, the surfaces of the putter are precision milled using a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machine to ensure precise shaping and detail while adding the finishing touches to the cosmetic. The Supersport features a high MOI heel-toe weighted design for maximum stability, and a plumber neck hosel with a 35-degree toe hang suitable for slight arc putting strokes.

‘HP’s 3D printing technology allows us to use a complex lattice structure to remove weight from the centre of the putterhead and push significant amounts of weight to the perimeter,’ said Miraflor. ‘The result is superior MOI levels and massively increased stability and forgiveness. So not only is the 3D production method more consistent but it also allows us to design products in a new and superior way.’


Zünd Cutter Installation Increases Productivity

Angel Totochev, Director at EasySkinz Ltd has always been an admirer of the Zünd cutters for many years and decided it was time to invest in a purpose-built digital cutter which will give him the precision he requires. Having spoken to Zünd UK, he decided to send in some materials for testing and was very impressed with the 0.2 mm tolerance Zünd achieved.

EasySkinz make attractive wraps that keep the original design and style of the device. The idea started as a family reaction against the bulky and unattractive cases on the market which hid the essence of the devices and rapidly grew to a successful family business shipping its products to 140 countries a month. With a professional background of more than 27 years in the design industry, EasySkinz is now a leader in manufacturing the highest quality skins and meeting the needs of more than 300,000 customers all over the world.

Totochev said, ‘At EasySkinz we keep the original design of the device while we add individuality to it. With our wraps you will always stand out from the crowd with a new colour or a picture that resonates with your favourite outfit, styling, or car colour. With EasySkinz it is almost impossible to see another person with the same wrap as yours. Our professional designers put their hearts into creating new forms, designs and ways of application and this makes our skins exclusive for every model.’

In recent years, the company has faced a growing challenge of cutting intricate skin parts for new mobile devices. With technology developing and mobile devices becoming more and more compact with smaller charging ports and built in speakers, precision has become more important than ever. The company’s vinyl cutters were quickly finding themselves out of their depth with intricate parts requiring better cutting accuracy.

During his demonstration day at the Zünd UK HQ in St Albans, Totochev quickly realised the other benefits the Zünd technology would bring to his business. Totochev said, ‘Previously when we processed self-adhesive vinyl rolls on a conventional vinyl cutter, we had to factor in the moving compensation when designing our skin cases, because the roll of material would move back and forth when cutting. This was a nightmare for our designers and involved a lot of trials and errors. The Zünd is great at overcoming this problem because of the way the flatbed cutter holds the material with its vacuum, allows the material to be much more stable and the beam does all the moving and cutting, so we gain exactly what we designed.’

The cutting precision was not the only impressive factor that led to Angel ordering his new fully specified Zünd G3 L-2500 digital cutter. During the demonstration, the team at Zünd UK showed Totochev how to increase productivity using the Zünd twin cut technology. One of the benefits of the Zünd cutters is the ability to hold multiple tools on the beam, in this case two Kiss Cutting Tools (KCT) that work simultaneously to reduce cutting time by 50%. This was a great added benefit for Easy Skins and meant productivity increased whilst maintaining optimum precision.

Reflecting back on his purchase, Totochev said, ‘Our new Zünd cutter can cover all of our needs, with amazing quality cuts and productivity. I would like to thank the team at Zünd UK for the brilliant customer service and technical support. Zünd spent a lot of time listening to my requirements and working with me to create solutions that will help us take our business forward.’

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

Graphix Supply World Exhibits Wide Format And Sublimation Solutions On Sample-It Online Showcase

Graphix Supply World has announced more wide format Mimaki and sublimation solutions on the new Sample-It online showcase. Without expo’s taking place this year, Sign Africa has a great opportunity for readers to receive a physical sample, brochure or more information on new machines or products they are interested in.


Designed with ease of use and versatility in mind, the Mimaki TS30-1300 is a simple, entry-level sublimation transfer printer equipped with a carefully selected set of features that allow users to bring high-mix, low-volume print productions in-house. Sublimation transfer printing is widely used for textile and sportswear applications due to the elasticity and quick-drying capability of polyester material and in the growing market for soft signage applications, such as flags, retail in-store banners, and tapestries.


Four-layer printing – for example, colour, black, white and colour – is available on the UCJV300-160 model and offers an enhanced print capability that allows designers to build layered, transformative graphics for backlit applications. This gives print service providers the opportunity to offer something unique – a dynamic graphic that ‘morphs’ its image or colour scheme depending on the light source. This distinctive capability enables designers and print service providers to produce high impact, premium margin output while maintaining low operational costs and reducing production time.

To request a sample, brochure, demonstration or chat live on WhatsApp, visit: https://signafricaexpo.com/sample-it-showcase/

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

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