COLORGATE PRESENTS VARIOUS SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS AT FESPA

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The company is presenting ??a variety of innovative and exciting new solutions at the expo in Barcelona, including Productionserver 7 (including Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6), Filmgate 7, CG Inkjet Printbox, CG Simpose software, 1-Bit-TIFF-Input Module, In-RIP-Trapping Module, new Web to Print online shop solution Webgate as well as Color Server and preflight solution cFlow. 

The company is presenting the following:

The universal Productionserver 7 (PS7) RIP software family, PS7 Campaign Printing X: ColorGATE introduces the ultimate RIP software for highest demands made on colour-consistent campaign printing in mixed high-end production on the basis of international colour standards; including Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6 (APPE 2.6) and the innovative Ink Saver, which reduces ink consumption up to 30% without any visible losses in quality. In addition, spectacular metallic effects are to admire.

Further ColorGATE Productionserver 7 highlights are PS7 X-Line and PS7 Flex-Line. Applying new Output Management Sets, PS7 Flex-Line products are extremely flexible and can be configured according to individual requirements. PS7 X-Line products are particularly characterised by the integrated Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6 (APPE 2.6), that ensures an end-to-end, automated PDF workflow for digital, offset and packaging printing.

Solutions for Prepress:  

-RIP software Filmgate 7, which is for chemical-free film production in high-end quality including the new screening technology. 

-High-performance computer to plate (CtP) solution CG Inkjet Printbox for chemical-free printing plate production with inkjet printer (inkjet to plate).

CG Simpose is ColorGATE’s new impositioning software (MAC/PC) for native sheet assembly, i.e. without any changes in the database so that sheets are printed and folded to fit the page numbers in the correct order. CG Simpose has no limitations regarding output format, printer’s imprint, sheet templates, optimal alignment of elements on a sheet (gang-run printing), and provides a wide range of functions, serving the most diverse requirements.

The new ColorGATE In-RIP Trapping Module ensures that there are no flashes due to registration errors at the boundary lines of image elements, which should not be visible, when printing image elements of different colours sequentially on a printed sheet in multi-colour printing. Usually this happens because of mechanical inaccuracies of the printing system. In order to counter these misalignments, trapping enables overprinting or under-filling of adjacent image elements. Next to offset printing, especially for screen and packaging, printing trapping is an important feature.

Soon available with version 7.10, the 1-Bit-TIFF-Input Module will mainly appeal to customers in packaging printing but will also address other areas. Since misprints in complex printing plate production are more expensive the later they are discovered, the module enables accurate proofing of screening characteristics even before plate production. In addition, it is possible to de-screen 1-Bit-TIFF-data, to achieve very accurate colour proofs and to avoid colour shifts and moiré. To enable the 1-Bit-TIFF processing, Productionserver 7 can be extended with the optional module which processes the data output on any supported digital printer.

CG Web to Print Webgate Edition  

This is the fast, cost-efficient and simple entry into eBusiness for LFP print service provider. Joomla! and JoomShopping-technology based Webgate edition is the new B2C-version of ColorGATE’s successful Web to Print online shop solutions. It will demonstrate versatile opportunities of Webgate edition live on the trade show.

The new powerful CG Web to Print (W2P) Webgate Edition of ColorGATE enables a fast, cost-efficient and very simple entry into B2C online business for large and wide format printing service providers. Joomla! and JoomShopping-technology-based Webgate online shop is easy to administrate and provides a broad range of products including banners, displays, roll-ups, pop-ups, framed canvas prints etc. Outstanding highlights are the integrated SEO support and standard connection to Fotolia image database. Once purchased, there are no further costs for Webgate Edition (except the ongoing costs for hosting the online shop), making it possible to easily calculate the payback period even before investment.

Like any other CG Web to Print solution of ColorGATE, Webgate offers:

– High cost efficiency and time savings due to automated production processes and simple commercial processes.

– Attractive choice of presentation options for the product portfolio.

– Optimally customizable to the own corporate design.

– Tailored production according to customer requirements (customizable size of edition).

– High level of personalization and individualization for quotations and production.

– Webgate can be extended by versatile additional modules, e.g. Walldesigner for wall papers, export for MIS systems via CSV or XML, function for optimal alignment of business cards, catalogues etc.), and integrates seamlessly with Productionserver 7.

Both the front-end and the back-end of Webgate have a well-arranged, intuitive, Flash-based user interface. The front-end provides professional design tools including a broad range of tools for sophisticated and attractive designs and layouts (image and text elements, vector graphics/clip arts). Via a gradual approach, customers are guided through the design and ordering process and can see online in advance, how the finished product will look like. A 5-star display informs customers about the print quality and if it is adequate for printing. The standard connection to Fotolia image database provides a large number of images, but also own final print data can be uploaded easily.

XANTÉ LAUNCHES EXCELAGRAPHIX 4200, POWERED BY MEMJET, AT FESPA

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The company launched the super-fast, 107cm (42″) Excelagraphix 4200 inkjet printer powered by Memjet, a global provider of high-speed color printing technologies at the expo in Barcelona. Xanté anticipates first shipments in June, following its exhibition (including demonstrations) at drupa 2012.

The Excelagraphix 4200 changes everything the market knows about high speed wide format printing because it prints high impact, full colour, large format pieces at unprecedented speeds, on a wide range of substrates, and at a price point that’s affordable for fast ROI. The printer is the first commercial solution in the world specifically powered by Memjet wide format colour printing components and technologies.

The printer also brings its unrivaled speed, performance and affordability for short-run and variable data colour printing to packaging, including folding carton and corrugated cardboard. Xanté’s exclusive substrate support gives customers the ability to print indoor signage and design graphics through a simple print path height adjustment on the Excelagraphix.

The printer incorporates revolutionary Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology™ for state-of-the-art production printing paired with Xanté reliability, support and cost-effectiveness and delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second, yielding print speeds up to 8 times faster than traditional inkjet technology, to deliver high overall throughput, and the ability to handle high volume with fast turnaround times.It employs 2L or 10L CMYKK inks for cost-effective operation and consumables cost while ensuring strikingly vibrant colour reproduction.

It prints on a wide range of media including foam board, corrugated cardboard and sheet sizes from 21cm x 21 cm (8.27″ x 8.27″) up to 107cm x 254cm (42″ x 100”) for the ultimate in versatility.It prints over-sized architectural/engineering documents, maps, indoor signage, POP displays, packaging, folding cartons, corrugated boxes, newspapers, and much more for the flexibility to handle any job that comes into the shop, and the ability to offer new products to existing and new customers.

The printer runs variable data/personalisation of individual pieces at full speed for efficient production of high impact, high response rate of customised materials.’ Xanté is honoured to be a Memjet partner, and together we will significantly alter the production landscape for the better, and for the long term,’ said Robert Ross, Xanté CEO.

Memjet Wide Format president Mike Puyot said, ‘This partnership combines the best of both worlds. As soon as they saw what they had to work with, both Memjet and Xanté engineers got excited about the exponential value of the pairing. The Xanté Excelagraphix 4200 is just the tip of the iceberg in what we’ll start seeing in affordable, high speed colour solutions. Memjet colour printing technologies offer end-users the freedom to print exactly what they want, when they want it, and where they want it; directly on manufacturing floors.’

EPSON AND EFI LAUNCH DESIGNER EDITION PRODUCT BUNDLES IN EUROPE

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The two companies are bringing accurate, affordable and easy-to-use proofing bundles to european creative professionals. Building on its joint success in North America, they have launched new Designer Edition product bundles in Europe, bringing a unique and complete proofing solution to creative professionals. Combining award-winning Epson Stylus Pro printers with an industry-leading EFI eXpress for Epson Software RIP, these bundles are engineered to deliver powerful yet easy-to-use solutions for professional graphic designers and photographers, enabling them to print their creative visions with unsurpassed colour accuracy. 

Included as part of the Designer Edition bundles are the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 (with or without SpectroProofer) and the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. The combination of these printers and the EFI eXpress high-quality inkjet RIP gives users the unique ability to create colour accurate comps, proofs or mockups, alongside RGB photographs. The software includes sophisticated yet simple to use spot colour support with embedded libraries for DIC, HKS, PANTONE and Toyo, ensuring accurate colour reproduction out of the box. True Adobe interpreters allow for complete compatibility with the latest design suites on a Mac or PC.

Marco van Niekerk, senior product manager Large-Format Printing at Epson, said, ‘These bundles have been put together to give agencies and design professionals a complete solution to easily achieve high-quality print and colour reproduction. Together, the Epson printers and EFI RIP ensure that proofing is consistently accurate, repeatable and can be achieved simply, at an affordable price point.’

‘EFI is proud to have once again been chosen exclusively by Epsonto to bring a powerful proofing workflow solution to a diverse new marketplace,’ said Stefan Spiegel, general manager of Fiery inkjet printing application products at EFI. ‘Now, creative professionals in Europe will have a unique, complete and affordable solution to meet all of their contract-proofing needs. These Designer Edition bundles fill the gap between high-end proofing solutions and entry-level RIP offerings, providing the identical accuracy to a full-featured EFI proofing RIP while reducing the price point dramatically.’

The Designer Edition bundle can verify every proof with an EFI ES-1000/Eye One Pro spectrophotometer or with the optional Epson built-in SpectroProofer for the Stylus Pro 4900. From job submission to proof, everything can be done automatically, including the verification result printed on the proof as a label. The verification feature is a convenient, easy-to-use solution for quality assurance based on ISO 12647-7/8 or house standards. It measures and compares colour values based on Ugra/Fogra or IDEAlliance control strips and is an essential tool for successful and reliable proofing.

POLYCOMP LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

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The company has launched its new-look website. The new site boasts a better user interface for improved navigation; quick and easy contact forms on all pages; galleries on all products; downloadable product descriptions for all products and social media links so that customers can stay in touch with the company. 

HP DEMONSTRATES DESIGNJET L28500 AND L26500 FOR FIRST TIME AT FESPA

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The Designjet L28500 and L26500 printers have made their international tradeshow debut at FESPA Digital 2012, where HP demonstrated the improved versatility and durability of the new printers.

These two printers are capable of handling a broader range of indoor and outdoor signage applications with better durability than eco-solvent inks.

Furthering HP’s strategy to disrupt the eco-solvent market, the 2.64m (104in)-wide HP Designjet L28500 printer delivers speeds up to 70 percent faster than the HP Designjet L25500 printer, while the 1.55m (61in) HP Designjet L26500 Printer is ideal for customers entering the growing soft-signage market.

Both systems feature new HP 792 Latex Designjet Inks, which produce rich blacks and glossy results on banners and self-adhesive vinyl, and offer double-sided printing capabilities with less user intervention and more accurate, automated registration. Compatible with more than 500 media solutions, including the new HP Double-sided HDPE Reinforced Banner material, HP Latex Inks provide a consistent, reliable performance across a variety of substrates.

In November 2011, HP also launched HP Latex University, a set of training materials and application workshops led by industry experts, as well as the HP Ecosolutions Trained Printing Company programme for educating HP Latex Printing Technologies users in sustainability best practices.

‘With about 9 000 HP Latex Ink systems installed worldwide, HP is offering a superior alternative to eco-solvent solutions that delivers the versatility and ease of use our customers demand while lowering their impact on the environment,’ said Santiago Morera, vice president and general manager, Large format Printing Business, HP. ‘By allowing customers to cost-effectively print a wide array of new applications and providing the training required to succeed, our current HP Latex portfolio helps PSPs differentiate their businesses and seize new growth opportunities.’

Ideal for high-impact point-of-purchase displays, soft signage, bus shelters, vehicle graphics and more, the HP Designjet L28500 and L26500 Printer series can print on a broad range of materials, including eco-solvent compatible media and low-cost uncoated options. The devices produce 1,200-dpi output with outdoor display permanence of up to three years unlaminated or five years laminated for high-quality, long-lasting prints. The output also dries inside the printer, boosting productivity for double-sided print jobs, and allowing immediate finishing or use.


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Capitec Bank Enhances the Client Experience using Scala Digital Content Management

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Successful project combining electronic queue management with digital signage increases customer satisfaction and improves business productivity

Quick Facts:
• Fast-growing Capitec Bank has 4.7 million customers and retail deposits of over 17 billion Rand
• Electronic queuing and Scala digital signage now live at 560 branches across South Africa
• 42-inch and 32-inch screens installed in branches’ One to One and Deposit & Enquire areas
• Wait-time information and marketing presentations enhance clients’ in-branch experiences
• Scala software provides powerful content management and distribution features

Capitec Bank provides savings, transaction and credit services, and has 4.7 million active banking clients in South Africa. Now the fourth largest bank in South Africa, by market share , Capitec is currently growing quickly, having gained over 971,000 active new clients in 2013, and holds retail deposits of over 17 billion Rand. Capitec’s unique value proposition for its clients is based on offering affordability, accessibility, personal service and simplicity. To deliver on these promises, it makes extensive use of advanced technology in its banking platform.

Plan for business improvement
With the ultimate goal of winning every one of South Africa’s banked population of approximately 22 million people, Capitec managers are always seeking effective solutions to improve the customer experience in each of the bank’s 560 branches located throughout the country. In 2010 it began a project to tackle what its managers termed the “Capitec Wave”, a reference to the waiting system in which clients tended to move from chair to chair as they progressed towards the front of the queue when visiting a branch.

“Customer wait-times and the in-branch experience are very important metrics for retail banks,” explains Charl Nel, Head of Communications for Capitec. “We saw that we could improve performance in both respects by providing real-time information allowing clients to assess their likely wait-time and even decide to return later without losing their place in the queue.”

To achieve its goal Capitec sought a customised electronic queue-management system with digital signage, to be implemented at all branches throughout its national network. Electronic queue management allocates a number to each visitor upon entering the branch and calls the numbers in sequence as consultants become free. By displaying the numbers on-screen, and also issuing audible voice prompts, electronic queuing allows customers to visualise their position in the queue and anticipate the time at which they will be served.

As the project progressed, Capitec was able to further refine its requirements for the system, working with its chosen integration partner Ethniks. Formal specifications for collecting management data such as consultant productivity were added, and the remit for digital signage was expanded to allow the system to present a wider range of content such as notices and special offers when queue-status information is not required.

Queue and content management
To satisfy the final specification set out by Capitec, system integrator Ethniks combined the selected queue management system, Q Matic, with the Scala digital content management platform. The Scala software was chosen for its benchmark content-management features and flexibility, and its suitability for a seamless and cost effective integration with Q Matic. In particular, Scala provides powerful controls for organising, distributing and updating content, and is able to support smooth transitions between modes displaying wait-time information and marketing presentations.

Integration of the Scala software began in 2011, and the finished system is now live across Capitec’s national branch network. In the larger branches, known as pioneer branches, clients waiting in the One to One consultation area are kept informed by two 42-inch LCD panels which are mounted on the walls or from the ceiling. Capitec’s pre-pioneer branches are smaller and have a single 42-inch screen in the One to One area. In addition, all branches have a Deposit & Enquire area, which has two service points. A single 32-inch screen in this area is divided into two regions to display queue status for each service point.

Clients receive a ticket when they enter the branch, and subsequently wait in the One to One area or the Deposit & Enquire area depending on the type of service required. At the same time, audible announcements via the public address system call the numbers in sequence, prompting customers to go to the relevant service point. “In practical terms the content we can display is only limited by the size of the screens,” explains Charl Nel. “We have found that displaying the last six numbers called helps customers’ awareness of the likely wait-time, as this can vary according to a number of factors such as the time of day.”

Solution delivering satisfaction
By combining queue management and Scala digital signage, the solution developed by Ethniks is proving successful in reducing wait-times, ensuring more clients achieve their objectives on each visit, and helping Capitec to communicate efficiently with clients in each branch. By also importing data from the queue system into its management information database, the bank is able to gain a clear understanding of the performance of individual consultants and branches.

“Successfully integrating queue management with the Scala software has enabled us to create a solution meeting all of Capitec’s goals in relation to client satisfaction, marketing communications and business improvement,” says Petrus Venter, CEO at Ethniks.

“The system, as implemented, puts us in a position to solve issues before they influence the wider client experience, and helps ensure that our clients enjoy a more controlled and fair service experience,” concludes Capitec’s Charl Nel. “The Scala digital content management system provides flexible functionality that helps us maximise the value of the system and keep our clients informed. Moreover, we can ensure that the information is always relevant, up to date, accurate, and fresh. Overall, this has been an extremely successful project.”

About Capitec
Capitec is a South African retail bank focused on providing easy and affordable banking services to its clients via the use of innovative technology. Fingerprint Biometrics and photo identification is used to streamline the paperless branches’ processes and make branch transacting easier. The bank bases everything it does on simplicity, affordability, accessibility and personal service. For more information, visit: www.capitecbank.co.za

About Ethniks
Ethniks is Full Service Company, Southern African agent for Scala. Ethniks was founded in 1987, the company has over 20 years’ experience in technology implementation, integration and support services. We have 100+ Employees plus Support Infrastructure countrywide. Benefits are delivered through appropriate best of breed technologies. Whether it is being seen in the boardroom, reception, a shopping mall, hotel room, restaurant, airport, on a production line, in an office or an interactive kiosk, Ethniks will help you communicate your message to staff, sales people and customers in a way never before possible! For more information, visit: www.ethniks.com

About Scala
Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala is the world leader in location-based media designed to influence human behaviour actively and intelligently. We love creating intelligent digital signage solutions that move products, consumers, and sales metrics. Scala solutions increase sales, improve brand loyalty, optimize customer experience, and reinforce business objectives. Scala is headquartered near Philadelphia, Pa. and has subsidiaries in The Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, Japan, and India, as well as more than 500 partners in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit: www.scala.com.

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