Summa Announces Improved Flatbed Cutter And More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Caldera Releases Textile Printing Drivers For New Software Version

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

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

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

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

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

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MIDCOMP
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Email: sales@midcomp.co.za
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Video: Printing SA Discusses Training Development Processes

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

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

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

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

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Eco-Signage Supplies Announces Textile Framing System And More

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

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

Hemming tape
Vehicle wrapping toolkit

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

One-way vision substrate/film
ECO-SIGNAGE SUPPLIES
+27 11 791 0386

Exion Corporation Launches Blue LED Module For Signage

Exion Corporation has announced a new line of blue LED modules, called Tanzanite Blue. The quality of blue LED’s (specifically in signage) in South Africa has been a growing concern for Exion.

‘The colour is often dark and lacks appeal, especially when seen next to other colours,’ said Jay Kim, Managing Director at Exion Corporation. ‘Seeing as blue is my favourite colour, I needed to do something about it. This is why we have introduced these new LED modules.’

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EXION CORPORATION
Tel: (+27 11) 464 5053
Email: sales@exion.co.za
Contact Person: Jay Kim
Website: http://www.exion.co.za

Graphix Supply World Announces Wide Format Solutions On Sample It Online Showcase

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Graphix Supply World has announced wide format Mimaki 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.

JV100-160

The JV100-160 adopts the recently developed, fast drying eco solvent ink ‘AAS’, which reduces graininess and allows for fine details even when printing images with high volumes of ink. Additionally, this new eco-solvent ink has superior scratch resistance and outdoor durability that allows printers to create a multitude of applications, whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. The new AS5 ink will be available in both a Dual CMYK 4 colour mode and 8 colour mode, which includes Light Cyan (Lc), Light Magenta (Lm), Orange (Or) and Light Black (Lk). The inkjet printer strives to achieve high quality printing with high productivity, all at minimal cost to the user.

In line with its tagline ‘Expert Printing Made Easy’, the series is also fully equipped with features that will improve its usability for operators. The printer uses Mimaki’s new Dot Adjustment System (DAS) feature, developed to support a streamlined and efficient printing process. Dot adjustments are normally done manually every time the user changes the media type, however, this new function performs drop position adjustment for bi-directional printing and media feed compensation automatically to ensure perfect alignments and print quality.

CJV150-75/107/130/160 series

These are affordable, high-specification, high performance, integrated printer/cutters. The series features high print speeds and low running costs. The CJV150 series provides versatility with vibrant ink types, including new Silver, Orange and Light Black, in a cost effective package for sign makers, display graphics professionals and print shops.

Users can create metallic stickers, decals, die-cut labels, signage, vehicle graphics, banners, posters, POS, backlit and exhibition graphics, garment marking, canvas prints and much more.

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

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Eco-Signage Supplies Launches Display Solutions And Eyelet Presses

The new A-Frame is foldable, double-sided and allows the user to slide panels on both sides. The display solution is ideally suited for indoor applications such as shopping centres.

Eyelet press and machine

The semi-automatic press is self-feeding – a user can feed eyelets into the box that is attached to the device, ensuring automatic feeding of eyelets. It is ideal for PVC or Correx. The handheld eyelet machine is easy to use and reduces downtime due to its size and portability.

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Semi-automatic eyelet press
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Hand-held eyelet machine
ECO-SIGNAGE SUPPLIES
+27 11 791 0386

Sytech Supplies Announces New Self-Adhesive Printable Vinyl For Signage

Sytech Supplies has announced new ProMedia Gorilla Tack self-adhesive, printable, vinyl opaque finished PVC release paper.

The product has a double-sided PE coating. It is best used for indoor and outdoor signage, vehicle advertising and product labels. Gorilla Tack is available in white gloss or matte.

SYTECH SUPPLIES
+27 87 056 3231
www.sytech.co.za

Free Webinar: Be Inspired To Thrive, Disrupt And Elevate Digital Print

There are a few boxes to tick when it comes to digital printing, and Printing SA’s free webinar will help you focus on growing your digital print business.

Be inspired by the panel of experts to thrive, disrupt and elevate digital print with this free webinar hosted on 26 November. Printers need to focus on marketing to be more customer-centric. Focusing on the experience and information customers have about their digital print services and solutions is key to increasing the bottom line.

Attend the webinar and get a one hour free consultation (virtual or face-to-face) with any one of our panellists, valid until 31 January 2021.

The webinar will be chaired by Abisha Katerere, Head of Marketing and B-BEE Specialist at Printing SA. Katerere brings with him nearly 15 years of experience in marketing and branding spanning across the hospitality, fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG), public sector and entertainment industries, having worked as Brand Manager and Marketing Manager for companies such as SAB&T BEE Services, Nexia SAB&T Auditors and Accountants and Plan B Marketing and Advertising. A natural-born communicator, public speaker and presenter, Katerere has considerable experience with a never-ending passion for new media and networking.

From development of business strategies to relationship building and client engagement, Katerere has a deep understanding of traditional and emerging media landscapes as well as what it takes for brands to succeed. Big picture thinking, strong networking skills, enthusiasm and sense of humour are combined with dedication, a keen entrepreneurial spirit and a solid understanding of online and live activations. The former student of Griffith University holds a business and marketing degree.

Panellists:

Jean Lloyd, Owner, Jean Lloyd Consulting

A digital technology specialist with decades of experience, Lloyd is a results-driven international business leader that has lived and worked abroad, holding positions on various boards of well-known global technology brands. She is instrumental in introducing new digital technologies into many countries and markets, contributing to its year-on-year growth and success. Lloyd advises on end-to-end digital solutions, specialising in industrial inkjet technology.

A trusted independent advisor for equipment suppliers, Lloyd has also successfully assisted hundreds of printers and brand owners across the globe in their business transformation and offers a range of specialist consulting services focused on industrial inkjet presses, printhead technology and production print toner equipment. She is a digital print evangelist that is very passionate about the industry and the opportunities it creates.

Tertius Van Eeden, Managing Director of Print On Demand

Van Eeden has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 16. He has 20 years of experience in the print industry and has pioneered the path for digital across the country for many of print’s big names. Van Eeden acquired Print on Demand five years ago and has turned it into the gold standard for inkjet printing in South Africa, once again being the visionary behind the shift from stockholding to Print on Demand and Book of 1. He is a trusted advisor to publishers on what the future of print will look like and how to leverage the tech stack of Print on Demand to thrive in the new world.

Vanessa Wilson, Owner and Publishing Director of Quickfox Publishing & Owner of Publisher.co.za, an independent online bookstore

Wilson has worked as a production specialist for SA’s largest educational and academic publishers, and for the past 13 years has been helping authors and companies publish their books independently – locally and internationally. A trained graphic designer-turned-publisher, she has also worked in design agencies, pre-press companies, and owned her own digital press. She co-authored two bestselling titles, and is principal author of ‘Publish Like A Pro: The Complete Guide to Successful and Profitable Self-Publishing’. She has extensive experience with global POD platforms, and straddles the fence as both a print consumer and a reseller via print management services. She runs publishing workshops and regularly consults with businesses and authors to help solve their publishing, POD, ebook and distribution needs.

Kylie Lloyd, Cross Media Marketing & Web2Print Business Development Manager at Remata Print & Communication

Lloyd is an experienced marketing resource with a demonstrated history of working in the Retail and Fast Food industry. She passionately tackles the Graphic Arts field with an active interest in variable data and omnichannel integration. She is skilled in tactical approaches, brand awareness development, data-driven solutions, analytical thinking and creative engagement. Strong networking professional with a focus on streamlined print and digital strategies, while always keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020
Time: 11am-12pm (SAST)

Register here for the webinar.

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Midcomp’s Latex Digital Printing Machine Increases Business’s Output

The addition of an HP Latex 335 digital printing machine – installed by Midcomp – to Design Guys’ print stable has been pivotal in increasing general print output, as there is no need to wait for prints to de-gas, and as a result, the company can print and send directly to any of its national clients.

The HP Latex 335 is a 1.6m wide print and cut system, designed for printing indoor and outdoor materials. It delivers print jobs fast, using healthier Latex water-based inks and produces durable, scratch-resistant prints comparable to hard-solvent inks. Water-based HP Latex Technology is unique – delivering a combination of true application versatility, high image quality, high productivity, and a sustainable approach that is better for operators, businesses and the environment.

‘Colours are accurate and sampling is a breeze. In fact, this printer has taken a lot of work away from some of the other machines,’ said Design Guys’ national manager Andre Bernard, who was also impressed by Midcomp’s service. ‘The service is in a class of its own, especially when comparing it to the service we have received from other print suppliers. They have been absolute professionals from the start and even after the sale was completed – this is where other companies generally disappear. They still check in and make sure that everything is going smoothly. From machine sales to consumables and technical support, they have been faultless.’

Design Guys’ service offering is extensive. More than two decades ago, it comprised mostly of safety and warehousing signs, but as the industry grew, its offering had to keep pace. The company now fabricates intricate signs using all manner of raw materials from plastics, woods, metals and even on occasion concrete and other non-traditional raw materials.

The company generally does not deal with the public, keeping its production pool clean to provide its long standing clients and targeted industries the service that they enjoy and have grown accustomed to. ‘We pride ourselves on these tight-knit relationships as they have been pivotal to our success, and have enabled us to reach new markets outside of South Africa and insulate us during these tumultuous times,’ added Bernard.

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

DESIGN GUYS
andre@designguys.co.za
+27 (0) 82 560 1239

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