CALDERA INTEGRATES HKS AND NCS COLOUR LIBRARIES INTO RIP PACKAGES

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Caldera has extended its colour matching capability with the integration of HKS and NCS colour libraries into version 9 of its flagship RIP packages. Complementing the Pantone and RAL colour systems already incorporated in all Caldera solutions, the inclusion of the HKS and NCS libraries in GrandRIP+ and VisualRIP+ ensures accurate colour matching for Caldera users all over the world, and particularly in countries where these colour references are used as standard.

HKS is a colour reference used broadly across Europe, conceived through collaboration between German companies: Hostmann-Steinberg Druckfarben, Kast + Ehinger Druckfarben and H. Schminke and Co. The 3000+ N and K libraries integrated into GrandRIP+ and VisualRIP+ provide 3250 spot colours for uncoated and gloss art papers respectively.

Based on the euroscale colour space, the HKS system follows the guidelines of ISO 12647:2 2002 and conforms to FOGRA standards.

Natural Colour System – better known as NCS – is the national standard colour reference for Sweden, Norway, Spain and South Africa and one of the most popular libraries for the interior design and textile markets. The library of 1950 colours has been selected through an intensive research and development process to represent the best distribution of the ten million colours the human eye can perceive and is designed to work with any material.

‘Our customers are experts in colour, but have previously been confined by software solutions that have only a limited range of colour spaces,’ said Joseph Mergui, CEO, Caldera. Caldera remains committed to driving quality by allowing print producers to work with their customers colour requirements, which means working to incorporate best-of-breed reference systems such as NCS and HKS.’

CGS AND ESKO AGREEMENT PROVIDES A COMMON DATABASE FOR COLOUR CONSISTENCY

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CGS Publishing Technologies International and Esko have signed an agreement to offer users an interface between Esko’s Colour Engine and CGS’s colour proofing products. The new option provides access to the Color Engine database of spot colour ink profiles directly from ORIS Color Tuner // Web, providing users with the colorimetric data of their existing Esko colour libraries to ensure accuracy and repeatability throughout the design, proofing and production process. The interface also provides ORIS users direct access to PantoneLIVE ™ from X-Rite/Pantone.

CGS has developed a comprehensive solution for proofing and prototyping of flexible packaging based on RolandDG’s VersaCAMM VS series, including special inks and media. ‘We are extremely pleased with this agreement as it addresses the needs of companies involved in production for major brands worldwide, saving them time and money and, most importantly, making colour even more consistent and predictable.

‘Users can now maintain critical spot colour descriptions in just one location making these immediately and consistently available in both high-end applications. The superior spot colour handling in award-winning ORIS Color Tuner // Web, combined with the colour descriptions in the Esko Color Engine, together provide unheard of accuracy,’ said Heiner Müller, Key Account Director Europe at CGS. ‘Access to PantoneLIVE ™ is added benefit in maintaining consistency across systems.’

RIGHT STUFF PROMOTIONAL TASTING TABLE IS A CUSTOMER FAVOURITE

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Right Stuff’s Promotional Tasting Table has grown tremendously as a marketing product. The classy and sleek design make it a current favourite in the portable kiosk family. The key feature of the Promotional Tasting Table is its effortless assembly and portability. This lightweight product is ready to roll in under 5 minutes, making your life so much easier with the reduction of set-up time.

Branding is interchangeable, with the header piece simply slipping over the top panel, and the table cloth is attached with Velcro.

Portability is key, and this unit does that very well with its tubular folding frame.
• Assembled in less than 5 minutes
• Portable collapses into a one piece carry bag
• Extremely cost effective
• Branding attaches to the table by Velcro and the header slips over the top panel
• Height: 2m
• Lightweight Sleek Design
• Powder Coated Tubular Folding Frame for easy storage
• Ideal for Indoor or Outdoor Use
• Meets or exceeds BIFMA test standards

AVERY DENNISON TO SHOWCASE LATEST FILMS AT CAPE TOWN ROADSHOW

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The Sign Africa sponsor will showcase its latest films for the graphics arts industry at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Cape Town, from 20-21 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

MPI VALUE FILM

This is specially designed for a wide range of short-term promotional applications with good printability on multiple printer platforms.

Specifications:

  • Film: 95 micron white calendered film with good dimensional stability
  • Adhesive: Permanent/Removable/Grey permanent/Grey removable acrylic adhesive
  • Backing: One sided PE coated liner
  • Outdoor life: Up to 1 year (unprinted)

Applications:

  • Point of sales graphics
  • Vehicle advertising
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Exhibition graphics
  • Window graphics
  • Real estate signage
  • Promotional signage
  • Stickers and labels

AVERY MPI 2006 HI-TACK

This film gives peace of mind through superior adhesion. The introduction of of this film extends Avery Dennison’s industry leading range of MPI 2000 premium polymeric series to include a Hi-Tack adhesive option.

MPI 2006 Hi-Tack is perfect for both indoor and outdoor architectural, fleet and general signage applications. From uneven painted and slightly textured surfaces to concrete pillars and walls, through to low surface energy substrates like plastics, this film graphic will stick to your application surface.

Compared to competitor digital Hi-Tack products in this space, the Avery Dennison MPI 2006 Hi-Tack has the added benefits of providing no adhesive bleed when converting; less shrinkage whilst on the roll and very good dimensional stability after installation.

With minimal shrinkage and negligible adhesive bleed, MPI 2006 Hi-Tack enables the production of high quality finished graphics, reduced conversion time and minimised risk of printer damage.

With outstanding outdoor durability, excellent application at low temperatures, and a high gloss for superior finish, it’s your solution for hard-to-stick surfaces.

Applications

  • General signage
  • Wall graphics
  • Rubbish bin signage and advertising
  • Port-a-loos
  • Low surface energy substrates (especially PP and HDPE)

AVERY® SUPREME WRAPPING FILM

This film boasts high performance and ease of application and combines versatility and convenience. This dual-layer film combines colour and clear protective layers, providing a smooth, paint-like finish that’s both durable and dazzling. What’s more, with 33 colour options, Avery Supreme Wrapping Film offers more choices than ever before.

This enhanced film technology ensures excellent conformability, and adheres well to deep recesses. Avery Supreme Wrapping Film is now available in rolls 1.52m wide, which allows large panels to be covered with just one piece of material, with no seams, for faster application and a higher-quality result. Incorporating Avery Easy Apply™ RS adhesive technology, Avery Supreme Wrapping Film provides film reposition-ability and slide-ability,
saving valuable installation time.

Key Features:

  • Outstanding durability and performance
  • Excellent conformability around curves and recesses
  • Provides coloured film and protective layer in a one-piece laminate
  • 33 colour/finish combinations
  • Available with Avery Easy Apply™ RS adhesive technology
  • Now available in 1.52m x 25m roll size

Recommended uses:

  • Refresh your car’s appearance with a cool, new fashion look
  • Brand your company’s fleet with your company colour
  • Improve the life and resale value of your vehicle by protecting the original paintwork

AVERY DENNISON SF 100-843-S CONFORM CHROME ACCENT FILM

Shine like never before. Add that special accent or sporty touch to your vehicle with the Conform Chrome Film. Customers will be amazed at the effect that this film can create on vehicles of all types. The mirror-like finish gives a true chrome look that is normally difficult or expensive to apply. And with the conformability of the film, you will be able to apply conform chrome to mirrors or raised features on the vehicle with ease.

Installers will love the Easy Apply RS features on the film, which allows for slide-ability of the film and a reduction in air bubbles, saving valuable installation time.

Key Benefits:

  • High gloss emphasizes a mirror-like chrome effect on the vehicle
  • Gives accent to vehicles of all types
  • Easy Apply RS feature saves time on installation
  • Extremely conformable, allowing for application on rounded vehicle features
  • Compliments Avery Dennison vehicle wrap materials for a full vehicle make-over
  • Three year durability on vertical applications

To register online and for more information on the Sign Africa RoadShows, visit: www.signafricaexpo.com.

Don’t miss the Sign Africa Expo 2012, 22 – 24 August 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

GRAFICOMP APPOINTED NEW CANON SA WIDE-FORMAT DISTRIBUTOR

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Canon South Africa has appointed Graficomp as a local distribution partner for its range of wide-format solutions that includes printers, consumables and pre-and post-sale support and services.

Effective immediately, the Canon and Graficomp distribution agreement will include Canon Business Solutions’ large format offerings tailored for industries such as CAD/GIS, production, in-house printing and photography.

Graficomp is currently one of the leading providers of large format printers in the country with a national distribution footprint, managing offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.  The company features a team of professional, experienced and motivated individuals.

‘We’re extremely excited to have Graficomp onboard as a key distribution partner for our large format solutions. The Graficomp team features a wealth of experience that will no doubt enhance our own value proposition in this highly competitive marketplace,’ said Jimmy De Waal, BIG Product Manager: Marketing at Canon South Africa

‘Canon’s range of wide-format printers will undoubtedly strengthen our offering to the South African market.  To form part of Canon’s distribution channel is an important milestone for us and we look forward to strengthening and growing our partnership in the coming year,’ said Graham Roy, Director at Graficomp.

TOUCH OF MAGIC TO LAUNCH IMPROVED VINYL AT SA ROADSHOW

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Touch of Magic will launch their improved colour range of OS Sticky Back PU vinyl for textiles at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Cape Town, from 20-21 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The range is made of Polyurethane which is extremely thin, strong, soft feel and stretchable, making it ideal for all fabrics including lycra and nylons. The clear carrier back has a sticky type surface which greatly assists with weeding, enabling the user to produce small text and intricate design work. It is now available in 10 Standard Colours, five Neon and two Metallic.
 
The company will also be offering their competitively priced range of Basix Heat presses for both shirt and cap printing. These robustly constructed presses have accurate digital controls for both temperature and time. The Teflon coated Hot Plate ensures that nothing sticks to its surface.
 

ROLAND TO SHOWCASE NEW VERSAART RE-640 AT SIGN AFRICA ROADSHOW

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Sign Africa RoadShow sponsor Roland will showcase its latest VersaArt RE-640 machine for durable graphics printing at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Cape Town, from 20-21 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The VersaArt RE-640 allows you to express your artistic vision beautifully with the superior imaging of its newest print head technology. Achieve faster print speeds and impressive colour reproduction for premium graphics on demand. Affordable, yet advanced, the printer places high-fidelity print quality within your reach.

For flawless print quality, the RE-640 is equipped with the latest print head technology, featuring variable droplet control. Its unique design produces droplets of seven different sizes to accentuate all of the fine details in your image. The result is high-density printing with vibrant colours, flawless photographic reproduction, smooth gradations and superb contrast.

You get all the benefits of the company’s eight-channel mirrored ink configuration, which eliminates the colour unevenness that can occur during bi-directional printing. The configuration (CMYKKYMC) delivers unmatched colour consistency, even in the fastest modes – 13.1sqm/h for vinyl and 23.1sqm/h for banners. Roland Intelligent Pass Control further enhances image quality by precisely controlling dot placement between passes for images that are virtually free of banding.

GRAFICOMP TO SHOWCASE LATEST HP PRINTERS AT CAPE TOWN ROADSHOW

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The company will be showcasing the latest Latex printers from HP, the L26500, L28500 and LX850 at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Cape Town, from 20-21 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The 1.5m L26500 and 2.6m L28500 are perfect for those starting up their signage business. With print speeds of up to 23sqm per hour (HP L26500) or 70sqm per hour (HP L28500) and instantly dry and ready to use prints, the printers create greater productivity and turnaround time for your business. They offer a broad range of outdoor and indoor applications with a vast range of media to choose from.

The company’s new generation latex inks are the cheapest inks on the market. The inks give you richer colours and darker blacks – great for backlit film. Both printers also offer a new feature with double sided printing that is accurate and easy to use. HP’s Latex printers have the versatility and durability associated with solvent printers but without the toxic fumes and hazardous waste. They are also perfect for the environmentally-conscious business.

HP LX850

This 3.2m wide industrial printer is the ultimate printer for any serious signage company. It is the cheapest printer, per square metre, on the market. Its six 3 litre ink cartridges all contain HP’s New Generation inks, giving you richer colours, darker blacks and greater water resistance. With printing speeds of up to 177sqm per hour, this printer will not only increase your productivity but will help you lower your costs across the board. It offers you roll-to-roll, roll-to-free fall or roll-to-collector options, ensuring the simplest solution for whatever the project. It has double-sided printing capabilities and an ink collector, allowing you to print straight onto your textiles. The printer emits no toxic fumes or hazardous waste and needs no air extraction equipment. It is environmentally friendly, ensuring healthier working conditions.

To register online and for more information on the Sign Africa RoadShows, visit: www.signafricaexpo.com.

Don’t miss the Sign Africa Expo 2012, 22 – 24 August 2012 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

SYTECH SUPPLIES TO SHOWCASE RANGE OF SOLUTIONS AT CAPE TOWN ROADSHOW

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The company will showcase a range of products at the Sign Africa RoadShow in Cape Town, from 20-21 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

SEIKO W-SERIES

The Seiko ColorPainter W-Series printer uses high viscosity inks and an ultra modern piezo-inkjet head to deliver outstanding image quality with no colour density loss. The improved dot pattern enables razor sharp, crisp images at all print modes. Choose between high-production modes with unmatched print speeds, or high-resolution print modes with less grain with nozzle compensation and cp manager connectivity

SEIKO H-SERIES

The ColorPainter H2-104s/H2-74s high-speed series integrates Smart Pass Technology 3 with Dynamic Dot Printing Technology. The series prints revolutionary higher quality images while maintaining the high print speed of its predecessor. The fastest print mode achieves 100sqm/h  (4-colour mode). The printer is best suited for high volume printing in short turnaround times and features nozzle compensation and cp manager connectivity.

GRAPHTEC FC SERIES

Graphtec’s Flatbed cutting plotters fulfill a wide variety of cutting applications where roll-feed cutting plotters are not suitable because of thicker rigid substrates such as chip boards, paperboards and micro-flute.

For designers and engineers in manufacturing design, engineering and product development, the tabletop model FC4200 series, or the larger FC2250 are excellent choices to cut sandblast rubber for masonry as well as sign templates. Graphtec’s flatbeds are capable for full cut through on media that doesn’t have a backing sheet, and rigid card stock that cannot be bent.

J-STAR INKS

The eco-solvent inks are imported from Japan, are Cyclohexanone-free and have a 2-3 year outdoor durability with a worldwide patent on their smart ink pack.

There are three different variants of the ink and two are for the Epson print heads. The odourless S-EP-Series is for those in the office environment and the M-EP-Series (mild, low smell ink) is for those who are more price-conscious. They are perfect for all Roland, Mimaki and Mutoh printers. The third ink, the K-SK series (no smell), is for Konica print heads for HP and Seiko printers.

EZEE APPLICATOR

The company will showcase the first South African manufactured flatbed application table, the Ezee Applicator. The machine is ideal for desktop vinyl and print applications and no compressor is required.

The machine was conceptualised and developed over a period of a year by engineer Kevin Richards, who co-owns Ogwini Engineering with two partners. The machine cuts out valuable time in applying printed media to any rigid substrate in minutes instead of hours and all this is done with no need for a squeegee or water.

JG ELECTRONICS SHOWCASES GIFT PRINTING OPPORTUNITIES AT BLOEMFONTEIN ROADSHOW

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The company showcased a wide range profitable business opportunities, including items produced using sublimation print systems and U-Print corporate gift and dipping systems.

Whether you are looking for a small inexpensive home/hobby system or a low cost professional system, the company has a sublimation system to suit your needs. With sublimation systems, you can print on t-shirts, caps, ceramic plates and tiles, mugs, mouse pads, paper memo cubes, jigsaw puzzles, lettering, kit bags. jeans, takkies, belts, sweatbands, plaques, mirrors, coated metals and other miscellaneous fabrics and material.

The U-Print system is a digital way of printing full colour onto virtually any rigid substrate, without the use of heat and without needing to purchase any pre-coated substrates. Items which could in the past only be printed by technologies such as pad printing or rotary screen printing can now be digitally decorated.

The system’s main features are that it is cheap to operate and easy to use. It handles round objects with ease and it suits gift companies who want to break into the SME market which traditionally needs fewer units or to supply custom printed merchandise at higher prices for specific corporate events. The process works by printing images onto a special film,  transferring it onto the item and spraying it with a protective and hardening cure.

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