Driving the Roland VersaUV LEC2-300 using the latest version of CalderaRIP software (Version 14) is the best way to get the most out of the investment, as it comes with a wide range of powerful features designed to maximise productivity.
Versatile and highly-productive, this all-in-one solution can be used for a variety of applications, including labels, packaging, displays and signs. This new UV printer not only helps users achieve a seamless workflow, it also delivers true, vibrant colour and details for high-quality results. Moreover, the LEC2-300 comes with updated printheads, offering more control and precision.
As designers continue to push creative boundaries with the new features in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.5 ensures a reliable reproduction of designs on any surface.
– True Shape Nesting in order to help users save maximum substrate.
– ICC profiling for a perfect control over colours.
– Valuable time-savings with the new Smart Hotfolder algorithm, which can process multiple jobs simultaneously.
– Smart Import colour management and optional cost modules to optimise ROI.
In addition, CalderaRIP can be integrated to various workflows, as it supports over 1400 different drivers from various manufacturers. Using CalderaRIP to pilot the Roland printer is the best way to streamline production and maintain a cost-effective production workflow.
Both new displays are available in two-pixel pitch sizes (P1.26mm and P1.58mm) to suit different installation needs and expand the line-up of Sony’s Crystal LED for various applications, including corporate showrooms, lobbies, industrial designs and productions.
Known as the modular Crystal LED C-series (ZRD-C12A/C15A) with high contrast and B-series (ZRD-B12A/B15A) with high brightness, they combine impressive image quality, flexibility and scalability in installation, with lower total cost of ownership.
The new displays are equipped with the ‘X1 for Crystal LED’, high-performance image quality processor. It fully incorporates the LED control technology developed for Sony’s pioneering Crystal LED and the signal processing technology praised in Sony’s BRAVIA TV series. Additionally, the displays enable image accuracy inspired by the industry leading master monitors, providing highly realistic large-scale imagery that maintains image integrity close-up and at a distance.
Both models are designed to be flexible, long-lasting and easy-to-install. Each display is comprised of modular, seamless and bezel-free tiles that can scale to accommodate a range of sizes, layouts and resolutions. Due to the display’s light weight and streamlined design, it can be installed in various configurations including wall-mounted or in a curved arrangement.
The displays provide enhanced content that is upscaled while maintaining high-resolution (‘Reality Creation’), smooth and artifact-free pictures without motion blur (‘Motionflow’) and showcase impressive gradation expression (‘22bit Super Bit Mapping’). Highlights also include a wide viewing angle and wide colour gamut, as well as a various input signals, including HDR, HFR (120fps) and 3D.
The Crystal LED C-series provides high contrast of 1,000,000:1. The Crystal LED B-series offers high brightness (1,800 cd/sqm [ZRD-B12A]), ideal for bright environments while still showcasing astonishingly realistic images with a wide colour gamut. This series has an anti-reflection coating with a matte finish that is especially ideal for creators, designers and production applications including virtual sets and studio backdrops. B-series was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment to reflect the creator’s needs.
With lower power consumption and convenient, user-friendly front accessibility, the new displays reduce the total cost of ownership including maintenance, after purchase. In addition, the Crystal LED C- and B-series are both fan-less, ensuring quiet operation and feature a 100-240V AC power supply, providing enhanced usability.
Informative graphics printed on Drytac’s Viziprint Illuminate were installed at two locations for Goodbody Botanicals. The 100µ (4mil) translucent matte PET film has been developed for backlit window graphics and vibrant backlit display applications.
It has a bright white base colour and is able to diffuse light, creating vivid window graphics, displays, decals, stickers and more with a wider colour gamut. It is reverse printable, allowing window advertisements to be viewed during the day in direct sunlight and at night when illuminated by store lighting.
Minuteman Press Bath completed the multi-site graphics project. The client required Minuteman Press to print and install a range of graphics at its stores to promote its new and private Covid-19 testing service. The signage also promotes the key steps customers can take to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. In addition, smaller graphics remind people of the three main symptoms of the virus.
Kieran Blacknall, large format manager at Minuteman Press Bath, said Drytac’s Viziprint Illuminate was perfect for the project as it was ‘really easy to work with and install’. ‘The client was looking for a solution to convey the new testing service at their clinics. We looked at various options, including lightboxes, but all proved to be very costly in comparison to the Viziprint Illuminate media by Drytac,’ said Blacknall.
He continued, ‘Goodbody Botanicals have spotlights positioned behind every window, so we decided a media with backlit properties would perform best and have the biggest impact, particularly during the winter months. Viziprint Illuminate is great; really easy to work with and install. We’re always impressed with Drytac products and the advice and service we receive from the company.’
Printing SA has announced the latest industry developments, including: new staff members, technical theoretical modules, printing courses, team leader programme, colour management e-learning and the FESPA Global Summit.
Technical theoretical modules
Printing SA offers technical theoretical (TT) modules in all pre-press, printing, packaging and finishing trades. Apprentices indentured in the existing Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) trade programmes; who are enrolled in Printing SA’s TT Modules, will benefit from receiving tuition based on its newly redesigned and developed learning material.
Printing SA has also introduced an FP&M SETA approved continuous assessment model whereby learners are assessed on every module to ensure total comprehension before moving on to the next level. The results that Printing SA are achieving in the final examinations bears testimony to the fact that this strategy is working.
The FP&M SETA have approved Printing SA’s brand new dual TT module system which Printing SA believes will facilitate the integration of practical training and workplace experience with other TT modules. Click here to find out more about these modules and to register.
Introduction to printing course (ID2)
This course is ideal for an existing or new staff member entering the printing industry and those who are involved in sales, client liaison, estimating, production planning or advertising.
This course will introduce candidates to various pre-press, printing and post-press processes used in the printing and packaging industry. The course provides candidates with insight into the diverse industry that they have entered and provides the necessary underpinning knowledge that CBMT apprentices will need when furthering their technical theoretical studies. Click here to find out more about these modules and to register.
Printing SA Team Leader Programme
Printing SA provides delegates with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a team leader and provides them with the tools to become more effective leaders in the workplace, identifying various leadership styles and when to use the most appropriate one. Click here to find about this new programme and to register.
Colour management e-learning
Printing SA invites anyone in the industry who is responsible for the measurement, control and management of colour, from concept and design to pre-press and printing to register for its colour management e-learning programme. This programme is being offered internationally and has received critical acclaim from those who have completed it in the previous year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and register now to learn more about how you can broaden your colour spectrum. Click here to register.
FESPA Global Summit
Become one of select print leaders chosen exclusively to attend FESPA’s Global Summit between 20-21 January 2021. This online event will be hosted by FESPA on a platform that promises to both engage and connect members with industry-pioneers from around the globe.
The two half-day conference programme will offer world-class insight and inspiration in the fields of employee engagement, adding value to customer relationships and the advantages of being a leader, not a follower. The summit will also feature several networking events, offering key opportunities to form valuable connections beyond the formal business setting. Contact Printing SA to register your interest and for your special invitation to attend the event.
Printing SA welcomes new staff members
Desdemona Arendorf spent more than a decade in an office administration environment. She has solid experience as an administrator, focusing on customer service and has worked closely with various individuals and suppliers from different backgrounds. This gives her an added advantage and the ability to provide the best service to member companies. Customer centricity is one of her strong suits and she will not settle until all clients are satisfied with their required services.
Tessa Mabona holds an honours degree in public administration from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and her previous exploits include a career as a trust fund administrator at a financial institution. She has also worked as a support administrator before being promoted to client centric mode assistant and thereafter, promoted to programme assistant at one of South Africa’s leading medical health groups. Mabona’s previous working experience in administration within the banking and medical aid fields make her an invaluable addition to Printing SA.
The UK’s first non-PVC digitally printed scaffold wrap measures 26m wide and 4.5m high. The banner uses Kavalan’s Sunlight frontlit eco-responsible substrate, developed closely with digital print specialists CMYUK.
Embrace Building Wraps completed the installation of the wrap at Newson’s Yard in Belgravia for the Grosvenor Estate. After removal, the durable textile material can be reused in the agricultural sector and then ultimately processed to generate energy from waste, unlike PVC, which is generally sent to landfill.
Greg Forster, MD at Embrace, commented, ‘Together with the Grosvenor Estate, our two organisations respect the environment and are always on the lookout for fresh and innovative solutions. The distinctive design on the wrap is pixel-perfect, masking the scaffold while maintaining a delightful streetscape for the community during the build.’
Embrace Building Wraps’ goal is to reduce reliance on PVC and move to more sustainable printable media solutions as the sector’s leader in environmental positivity. It has concluded its own in-house testing on print quality to ensure that the material delivers the same visual appearance and manufacturing process with heat and vibration welding. To ensure the structural integrity of the material, it conducted pull tests to ensure that the material is robust. The results were that the PVC-banners can withstand up to 774kg on average, suitable for the considerable stresses Mother Nature throws at its bespoke installs over the four seasons.
The PVC-free banners are suitable for indoor and outdoor use as a solid flexible print substrate, constructed from a 56% polyester scrim and a 44% PA water-based coating. The company will still send the material to be repurposed and then – even when the second life of the wrap is over – the material can be sent for energy-from-waste disposal.
Hexis recently reported multiple certifications encompassing design, product and process risk analysis, software and product validation – instruments that enable customers to rely on the company to address their most demanding and sophisticated markets.
2020 was notable for the achievement of three ISO certifications for Hexis. In a challenging context linked to the health crisis, the concerted efforts of all the teams made it possible to renew the ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management system, to obtain ISO 14001:2015 certification for its environmental management system and ISO 13485:2016 certification for the medical device ‘PRZ150 clear cover with Pure Zone® technology’.
‘In addition to the vote of confidence that these three certifications represent, they are a real lever of differentiation and reinforce the advanced level of our management systems,’ said Guillaume Leonardon, quality, safety and environment manager.
Compact, reliable and affordable, the 60.96cm (24 inch) SC-T3100M and 91.44cm (36 inch) SC-T5100M plotters do not compromise on capability. The series is ideal for technical drawing, plotting CAD, GIS maps and printing a range of assets for the retail and hospitality sectors.
The 3-in-1 printers series features a simple top loading scanning workflow with a 600dpi scanner that accurately replicates documents (up to 2.72m) into multiple formats and sends them securely to various destinations, as well as scaling original copies. A tray supports scanned documents to avoid any valuable originals being damaged on the floor.
The range has been designed to be dust-free as standard – print quality and internal components are protected, which makes it the ideal solution for environments such as construction site offices and high footfall areas. The compact design of the SC-T3100M means it can fit into the smallest of spaces and enables it to be transported from one location to another with ease.
With a low total cost of ownership, users will have peace of mind that printing costs will remain affordable for the lifetime of the printer. Epson offers two sizes of ink cartridge to meet the needs of the customer, whether a low volume, occasional user or those with a larger demand for regular high-quality prints. The series benefits from all pigment-based inks providing colour stability and water resistance, meaning they are ideal for poster production for damp environments such as shop windows. The superior light-fastness of the inks is useful for technical drawings and documents that will need to be archived for long periods. The permanent printhead provides assurance to the user of no unexpected costs down the line.
Both the SC-T3100M and SC-T5100M are supported by the Epson Cloud Solution PORT platform. Epson Cloud Solution PORT is available for free and enables users to update and monitor equipment across several sites, from the production floor to remote locations.
Vernon Mellors, business account manager at Epson South Africa said, ‘The impressive price point combined with a compact design and high specification features make the SC-T3100M and SC-T5100M a great choice for businesses that need a reliable multi-function printer from a trusted brand.’
– Scan at 600dpi up to 2.72m.
– Print and Scan direct to and from USB.
– Scan to encrypted PDF, PDF, JPEG, TIFF.
– Easy to share: scan to USB, Mail (secure), FTP server (secure) and Network Folder.
– Interface with your printer via built in Wi-Fi, AirPrint and USB/LAN.
– Up to 100m roll capacity, cut sheets up to A1.
– Epson Precision Core Micro TFP permanent printhead.
The SureColor SC-T3100M is now available through Epson Authorised LFP Partners. The SureColor SC-T5100M will be available from March 2021.
TianYuan HuiBang Group (iDecor) is one of the largest interior decoration printing materials companies in China, exporting décor paper and PVC film worldwide. With several years of inkjet proofing experience, and after having surveyed and tested a number of inkjet production systems, they chose Agfa’s InterioJet 2500 printing system for short print runs and customisation of décor paper.
By doing so, they became the first company in China to invest in this décor paper inkjet system that enables them to run a non-stop printing production with consistent colour quality, and that is equipped with inks and primer that fit perfectly with the traditional impregnation and lamination post-processes.
Reset Zhang, CEO of TianYuan HuiBang Group (TYHB), who is also Vice Chairman of the China National Forest Products Industry Association’s (CNFPIA’s) Decorative Paper and Surface Wood-based Panel (CDSC), and one of the opinion leaders in the décor paper industry in China stated, ‘Choosing the Agfa system solution and service has been one of our best investment decisions. The InterioJet system with water-based inks set and analogue primer makes our production complete. The printed paper fits perfectly with the traditional impregnation and lamination post-process, and helps us gain new business consisting of digital short run and customisation orders.’
This is one of two Chinese companies who recently invested in Agfa’s water-based inkjet printing system for interior decoration. The InterioJet brings them top print quality and advanced customisation for the digital printing of laminated surface designs.
The Dilon Group (Zhejiang Dilon New Material Co., Ltd.) is also one of the largest interior decoration printing materials companies in China, exporting décor paper and PVC film worldwide. They had been testing décor paper printing and post-processing for a while when they finally chose Agfa’s InterioJet 3300 system solution for décor paper printing to complement their existing traditional gravure printing press.
Thanks to Agfa’s inkjet system, they can also gain new business, e.g. from printing wide format images without repetitions, short run jobs, mass customisation and thanks to the fact that they can now take on jobs that they couldn’t print with traditional gravure, including flooring, furniture and wall panel decoration.
Kai Lin, General Manager of the Design and Business Development Department at the Dilon Group, said, ‘We spent more than two years to survey and test inkjet systems from all over the world, including single-pass systems. We opted for Agfa’s InterioJet 3300 system solution and the accompanying service, as it proved the best fit for our demands and our concept, as well as for our current impregnation and lamination process. And most importantly, Agfa delivered more than we had expected in terms of machine performance, quality, support and service. The Agfa team is a long-term partner for our progress.’
Grafityp has introduced GEF LX PVC-free digital print film, which can be used on Latex printers. In collaboration with HP, the necessary print profiles were developed for the series 300 and 500 printers, which can be downloaded here.
The collaboration has also resulted in the coveted HP certificate, which can also be found here. GEF LX is the ideal product to decorate living areas, offices, children’s rooms and/or bedrooms with an odourless print.
– No plasticisers.
– Solvent-free adhesive.
– Fire certificate B1 (European standard EN13501).
– Clean recycling: no harmful substance during combustion.
Keypoint Intelligence has awarded Solimar Systems’ ReadyPDF platform with a Buyers Lab Outstanding Innovation award in Production Print.
Winners were chosen by Keypoint Intelligence’s independent panel of print production analysts based on their ability to ‘improve output quality, enhance productivity, deliver workflow efficiencies, impact sustainability and advance their product segments in meaningful ways.’
ReadyPDF is designed to overcome the challenges customers encounter with many RIP systems: to fully optimise PDF files for print and digital delivery or archive and to simplify integration into existing workflows, providing dramatic advantages for the end-user.
Brian Cox, Senior Director of Software Development and BCS Architecture at RR Donnelley, Solimar Advisory Council member stated, ‘RR Donnelley has been a long-time enterprise customer of the Solimar Chemistry platform for print file conversions and post-composition enhancements. ReadyPDF is now benefiting us in our pre-press processes as we clean up and improve PDF files prior to production.’
The reasons ReadyPDF was presented the Outstanding ‘Achievement in Innovation: Production Printing’ Award by KPI included:
PDF file size reduction up to 14 times, as illustrated in lab testing at KPI earlier this year. ReadyPDF provides a cost-effective measure, ensuring that the digital front ends or DFEs of high-speed digital presses can process data to keep them running at optimal press speeds.
Increased automation, including automated PDF inspection and correction, enables printers to automate onboarding of production work, without the requirement for manual intervention. With streamlined PDF file complexity, ReadyPDF optimises resources and fixes structural issues within PDF files so they process more efficiently.
Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer, Solimar Systems, commented, ‘We are very grateful for the recognition by Keypoint Intelligence. Solimar Systems has been delivering PDF infrastructure for printing and digital use for more than two decades. ReadyPDF fills an important technology gap for high volume personalised content processing and complements our other PDF-centric workflow solutions in our Chemistry platform.’