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The company has launched the next generation of its award-winning prepress workflow, :Apogee Suite 8.0, which features new tools, including cloud-based applications, which help print service providers produce better output, work more efficiently and extend their market reach.
The new tools are designed to help printers in offset and digital print or hybrid environments become more innovative and interact more efficiently internally and with their customers while optimising every step in the production process. :Apogee Suite 8.0 will be running live and available for demonstrations at the company’s stand at drupa (Hall 8A). It will be available in the third quarter of 2012.

Among the innovations in :Apogee Suite 8.0 is the new interactive :Apogee StoreFront, the new cloud-based, web-to-print solution. :Apogee StoreFront makes it easy to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products. Seamless integration with :Apogee Prepress or any other workflow software ensure that orders are automatically downloaded and setup for production based on job specifications. Because it is cloud based and easy to use, printers can launch multiple, customised storefronts with no additional staff or costly infrastructure investment. :Apogee StoreFront gives printers the means to reach new markets and enrich customer experience, thus expanding business.

:Apogee Impose now supports web offset printing. Designed for the specific needs of web printing operations, this unique rule-based imposition software takes all specifications into account, including web folding and finishing requirements, to generate the optimal imposition scheme. A last minute change of press is no problem for :Apogee Impose. It also supports single, dual and multiple web deliveries. :Apogee Impose lowers setup cost while delivering the level of automation web printers demand.

A new Merge Jobs function lets :Apogee 8 determine which jobs can be combined in one production run. This cuts costs by optimising press runs. An innovative algorithm places different jobs on the sheet in the most optimal manner. As a result, there are fewer cuts which translates to less paper waste.

‘:Apogee 8 is loaded with innovations that cater to every type of operation—sheet and web offset as well as hybrid operations including wide format. New 64-bit support combined with virtualisation (VMWare) lets high-volume printers consolidate processing. Other tools reduce costs with efficient output management such as the job merge function. All of these improvements are the result of carefully listening to our customers all over the world and incorporating their feedback,’ said Andy Grant, Head of Software, Agfa Graphics, worldwide.

:Apogee Suite 8.0 gives prepress operators more process control. A toolbox of plugins allows them to easily manipulate PDF pages in the workflow. A varnish plugin, for example, lets them create a spot varnish on top of text or an image. The new CSR Dashboard gives customer service representatives or production managers detailed job status reports, allowing them to interact more efficiently and accurately internally and with customers. CSRs can record notes and add customer requests. All information stays with the job to ensure absolute job integrity.

:Apogee Preflight offers improved colour management. The new document-based capability verifies that profiles are attached to all objects and automatically updates incorrect profiles. :Apogee Preflight also makes the necessary adjustments should the output target change. A new customer profile wizard generates the optimal calibration profiles for any substrate. This is a critical capability in operations that have offset, digital and industrial inkjet printing. The end result is consistent color output over different media types regardless of the output device or if the operator is generating a proof.

ICC Profile Regularisation is an Agfa patented technology that avoids discontinuities in profiles due to folding. This is especially important for wide-format applications and results in better and more consistent colour output. :Apogee Suite 8.0 is also built to support digital printing, including variable data printing, giving users an edge when it comes to providing new services for their customers.



To further develop the synergies between the different fields of visual communication, the trade fair will have a range of new features, including a subdivision into six theme worlds, which gives clearer orientation to visitors and exhibitors. The new ‘World of Inspiration’ provides ideas from professional practice, and ‘Eco Future’ is the motto for information as well as for products and services focussing on the theme of the environment and sustainability.

Seventy percent of the stand area has already been booked and leading national and international digital printing exhibitors are among those present. The major advertising technology distributors will also exhibit at the trade fair.

The six viscom worlds

The assignment of products and services offered to six viscom worlds illustrates the broad range covered by the trade fair and provides a clearer structure. The Printing, Processes & Material offers everything from the printing world – from digital printing, large format printing and finishing technology to materials.

The Advertising Technology, Signmaking & Light Advertising theme world focusses on signs, guiding and orientation systems, LED and neon, flexography, engraving, trade fair construction and shop fitting as well as car wrapping.

The viscom world of Out of Home Media is dedicated to products and services from the OOH, DOOH, ambient media, public sector marketing and street furniture segments. Working Materials, Processes & Equipment are also part of viscom, featuring suppliers of software and hardware, assembly and transport, tools, equipment and services, components and finished products, consumables and carrier materials as well as cutting and finishing.

Two of the viscom worlds showcase a completely separate segment as ‘fairs within the fair’: the Digital Signage World as the hub for digital signage including retail, guiding and information systems, interactive and multichannel, content and consulting, and the Display/PoS Expo presenting products and services in the fields of packaging, display racks, long and short-term displays as well as digital displays. The six viscom worlds represent all sectors of visual communication.

2012 focus theme: Eco Future

This year’s cross-industry trend at viscom is the ‘Eco Future’ theme. The challenges and opportunities in sustainable media production concern many exhibitors and visitors, not least from a competitive point of view. The trade fair will feature a special presentation on these issues where companies can present themselves with their concepts, strategies and visions. A theme day on sustainable media production in the viscom supporting programme is also planned.

World of Inspiration

A new face will be added to viscom this year, the ‘World of Inspiration’. For marketing specialists, object designers, branded goods manufacturers, retailers, advertising technicians or printers this area of almost 700sqm is a marketplace for ideas, best practices and networking. A new part of this special show, supplementing the ‘Individual Design meets Materials’ materials show and the redesigned ‘print design! Printed life worlds’ area, is a touch-and-feel station for sheet materials made from paper and for digital printing papers. Exhibits from the viscom theme worlds and the outdoor advertising, digital printing, PoS and digital signage fields will also be shown. The projects nominated for the ‘Digital Signage Best Practice Award’ and the winner of the ‘designmaker 2012’ competition also have a guaranteed place in the special presentation.

The theme of this year’s supporting programme of viscom is ‘Visual Communication in a connected world’. There will be three exciting days of lectures on this topic in the open auditorium of the ‘World of Inspiration’, and this year’s ‘Lunch & Learn’ programme also takes up this theme.



Write a short story about how the Ezee Applicator Mini could/or has save(d) you time and money and post the story onto Sytech Supplies’ official Facebook page for a chance to win an Ezee Applicator Mini worth over R10000. 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.
For clues on how the Ezee Applicator can assist you in your business, watch the Ezee Applicator YouTube video: Remember to hit the ‘like’ button for Sytech’s Facebook page ( to validate your entry. Hit the ‘share’ button on your entry/post and share to your Facebook Timeline to increase your chance to win. Only entries that have gathered both ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ will be entered into the draw. Competition posts should include your business contact number and an email address.
The competition will run from 18 April 2012 and will close at 11h00CAT on the last day of the Sign Africa Expo held later this year from 22-24 August 2012. The winner will be announced at 16h00CAT at the Sign Africa Show held at the Sandton Convention Centre.



Matan Digital Printers will launch the Barak 8Q, a super-wide eight-colour Parallel Drop Size UV printer at Drupa 2012. The printer represents a quantum leap in print quality, resulting from the combination of eight-colour printing with Matan’s patent-pending PDS technology.

Maintaining the best production velocity available, of 353sqm/hr (3,800 ft2/hr), the Barak 8Q also includes a package of unique productivity and usability features, such as automatic double-sided printing, an automatic flatbed loader and un-loader, inline finishing and more. These unique additions together, contribute towards the lowest cost of ownership in the market today.

‘Our unique PDS – Parallel Drop Size technology is now brought up to the next level, combined with eight-colour printing. This enables maximum print quality at print speeds that were not available before,’ said Hanan Yosefi, CEO and President of Matan.

Matan’s proprietary PDS technology enables printing of 20pl (pico-liter) and 40pl drops in the same printing pass. 20pl drops enhance print quality of fine details and smooth images while 40pl drops achieve ink coverage and density, all with the high printing velocity that the Barak is renowned for.

Designed for maximum versatility, ink switching between four and eight colour printing modes in the Barak 8Q is exceptionally quick, with minimal ink wastage in the process.

To maximize utilization of machine time and minimize time-consuming manual tasks, Matan has equipped the new 8Q platform with some groundbreaking automation tools, including automatic double-sided printing, an auto media handling system for loading and unloading rigid media, inline finishing and more. These new options allow print shop owners to generate much more from their printer. Additional innovations include a mobile operator’s station and a unique media saving system, significantly contributing to the Barak 8Q’s low cost of ownership.

Also displayed at Matan’s booth is the SprinG3 industrial digital printer, delivering short runs of durable graphics such as labels, decals, membranes, license plates, traffic and other signs.



The distributor of the Vista System in Southern Africa, Red Hand Sign Supplies, turns 10 years old in June this year.

‘It has been a wonderful 10 years with many highlights while working with Sign Makers region-wide,’ said Andre Strydom, General Manager, Red Hand Sign Supplies.

The directors and staff thank the Signage industry for their support over this time. 

With new additions to the company’s product range, it sees a bright future for the Modular sign industry in South Africa.



Starleaton Digital Solutions has launched two new wide format media products under the HELIX brand, HELIX Solvoprint No Light 210, which features a superior silver-backing to prevent light from showing through printed images, and HELIX Printlux No Light 215 for Aqueous printer applications.

‘Our new HELIX No Light 210 performs brilliantly using Latex, Eco-Solvent, Solvent and UV Cure processes,’ said Starleaton Director Gary Smith. ‘Roll-Up, Pop-Up, Banner and other portable displays often suffer from light show-through because non-backed media has been used, resulting in a ‘misty’ look. With HELIX Silverback technology, I think it’s fair to say we’ve got a Gorilla without the Mist!’

HELIX No Light 210 is a 210 micron polypropylene film with a matte surface that is scratch and water-resistant. For added protection and longer outdoor life, Starleaton has a range of compatible laminates available.

Also new with the Silverback lining is HELIX Printlux No Light 215 for Aqueous printer applications. Water-based pigmented inks are recommended for this product but dye inks may be used for short-term indoor displays. HELIX Printlux No Light is also polypropylene (no PVC) and is 215 microns thick.

A third new HELIX Product is translucent for the lightbox display market. This is HELIX Solvoprint CityLight 210; a polyester front-print film that looks great backlit or frontlit. It prints with Solvent, Eco-Solvent, Latex and UV Cure inks and exhibits outstanding photo-realistic quality for critical advertising work.

All three new HELIX products are available in 91cm (36”), 107cm (42”) and 152cm (60”) widths, with CityLight also available in 127cm (50”) wide rolls.



Roland owners from around the world submitted their best work created on a Roland and now the local winners have been announced. The ‘Fridge Art’ design by Impressive Signs was the winner while Galloping Naartjie and and Switch Media Lab each received Honourable Mention Awards.

‘When my wife first told me that I had won the Regional Winner category of the 2011 Roland Creative Awards I couldn’t believe my ears! I was so surprised I had to check twice to assure myself that it was right and I had indeed won, said Impressive Signs owner, Francois Hattingh. The Fridge Art graphic adds an interesting dimension to fridges, which are usually seen as ordinary and boring objects.

Galloping Naartjie did various wallpapers for Waltons’ head office in Pine Town as well as a customised wallpaper for an interior designer. ‘We take huge pride in our work and being able to offer our customers a product that can be customised to their exact needs! We always try and be a little different and a Roland machine can take us there,’ said Ian Jamieson from Galloping Naartjie.

George Roth from Switch Media Lab entered his ‘beach setting’ Contravision print into the competition. Roth suggested this solution for a client who was looking for something to brighten up his porch. ‘The sunny beach setting was suggested because the porch will always feel tranquil come rain or shine,’ said Roth.           




The company has launched the improved DPF 4560GTX and the new DPF 4500GX. The DPF 4560GTX is a 3mil (75 Micron) calendered film with a new brighter white finish and a light grey tinted air egress adhesive while the DPF 4500GX is a 3mil (75 micron) bright white calendered film with clear bubble releasing permanent air egress adhesive.

The DPF 4560GTX is specially designed for opacity to directly cover existing graphics or dark substrates while removing cleanly up to 2 years. DPF 4560GTX is very easy to install which makes it great for a wide variety of applications including fleet and vehicle decals and POP displays.

The New DPF 4500GX is a 3mil (75 micron) bright white calendered film with clear bubble releasing permanent air egress adhesive. The high quality yet economical film is a low cost solution that combines vibrant prints with the ease of application for short and medium term graphics.

‘Arlon always looks for ways to improve our product performance and we are excited about the New and Improved version of our DPF 4560GTX,’ said Linda Babilo, Sr. Product Manager, Arlon Graphics, LLC. ‘DPF 4500GX is also a great new low cost film for sign makers day to day applications’.



CADlink’s Digital Factory Software RIP provides enhanced, high fidelity colour reproduction for a variety of media types and manufacturers supported by the SC-30610.

Epson markets the eco-friendly printer as providing the lowest total cost of ownership for a variety of output options including; posters, signs, backlit panels, POS, exhibition displays and vehicle graphics. Integrated native support of print and cut workflows position Digital Factory as the ideal RIP solution for this printer. 

‘Many of the output applications that may be produced by printing on the printer, would also require post-print contour cutting on a separate device,’ said Michael Chramtchenko, CADlink Director of Marketing. ‘Aside from using industry-leading color management technology, Digital Factory is unique in that it bundles native cutting support directly within the RIP software as well.’

As a result of the highest quality colour reproduction and print/cut workflow support, CADlink has been invited to display Digital Factory RIP software on the Epson stand at the upcoming drupa print media fair.



The company will exhibiting its cutting plotters on various stands at the expo, including the Summa S Class S160T and SummaCut D60.

The Summa S Class S160T tangential cutting plotter will be exhibited at the HP stand (hall 5 – D60-1-9) and at the Epson stand (hall 5 – A01-1+2). By combining the world’s most advanced cutting technology with legendary Summa tracking, the Summa S Class T Series family of cutters are truly in a league of their own. They are also remarkably easy-to-use. All Summa S Class cutters are adorned with a touch-sensitive LCD control panel that makes navigating context-sensitive menus a breeze.

The SummaCut D60 will be showcased at the EFI stand (hall 5 – C01). The cutting plotter can handle media widths from 70 mm up to 775 mm (2.7” to 30.5”). Summa’s show team will also be present to give live demonstrations and provide information on Summa’s equipment.

Summa’s product range includes the remarkably productive S Class and SummaCut cutting plotters, the DC4 thermal transfer printer-plotter and the new Summa F Series cutting table. 

The F1612 flatbed cutter is capable of milling most used solid boards in the graphic and sign industry, such as hard foam PVC, acrylic and aluminium covered foam boards.

The module has a 1 kW motor. The router also includes a vacuum cleaning kit to take away the chips and dust. The router module can be easily mounted and dismounted, making changeovers between knife-cutting and routing quick and easy.

All Summa cutters come bundled with a wide range of accessories, consumables and software options for both Mac and PC systems.

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