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Second InPrint made a huge impact as a unique technology platform for the industrial print sector

Following three successful show and conference days, the second InPrint event closed its doors on Thursday, 12 November 2015. A total of 3,400 visitors from 68 countries came to the Munich Trade Fair Centre to learn about cutting-edge technology, components and services for speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D. Three fields of application; functional, decorative and packaging printing were at the centre of interest throughout the show.
In line with the exhibition’s target, the programme of over 60 conference sessions, that took place on two stages directly on the show floor, also gathered crowds of visitors.
The Italian company Kuei won the Great Innovations Award 2015 for their invention “Haptink”, which is a specially formulated haptic ink that creates a 3D printed effect for wood decoration.

In addition to 3,400 InPrint visitors, a further 1,324 visitors of the co-located productronica show made use of the offer to visit both shows with one combined ticket. During InPrint 2015, 150 companies from 16 countries showcased their products and services on 5,500 net square metres in hall A6. Compared to the InPrint premiere show in 2014, the number of exhibitors and visitors, as well as the total net exhibition space have grown by one third.

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The conference offered a varied programme that was structured in line with the three focal points of the show. The sessions comprised speeches giving an overview on industry developments and panel discussions as well as precise investigations of certain topics and Tech Talks.

Frazer Chesterman, InPrint founder and co-organiser summed up: “What we have seen from the 2014 show to 2015 is a rapid development and evolution of the market. Larger exhibition stands, refined messaging, more machines, different inks & coatings and amazing technological innovation across a diverse range of applications. Clearly, the InPrint show continues to reflect this market evolution. When I spoke to exhibitors, I heard the same comments over and over again, that this event delivers a unique audience of visitors looking for customised system and technology solutions from both manufacturing and print sectors.”

Gary Barnes, Marketing Manager for Industrial Inkjet at Fujifilm was very pleased with the outcome of the talks he and his colleagues had on-site: “We have seen a significant increase in lead numbers since the previous show. A diverse range of companies and a large variety of industry sectors have come through, and the quality of the visitors at our stand was high. At InPrint, we see potential customers that we see nowhere else. For us it is the only show where we put thetotal capability of Fuji’s inkjet range on display together, and all our three sectors have been doing well. We’ve already signed up for the next year, so see you in Milan.”

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Roberto Zinser, Channel Manager Wide Format Direct Sales at Canon Germany had also perceived a strong progress: “At InPrint 2015 in Munich, we noticed a considerable increase in the number of high-level talks and new business contacts compared to the year before. It is fantastic to see how digital in packaging, decorative and functional printing is really picking up speed. The InPrint show has become a valuable platform with respect to an exchange of experiences and know-how between visitors and exhibitors. This show allows us not only to communicate our practical experiences and application results, but also to get new inspiration and ideas from visitors at the same time. We will certainly miss InPrint round here next year, but are happy for our Italian colleagues and clients and are looking forward to welcoming InPrint back to Germany in 2017.”

Friedrich Goldner, Director New Business Development at Marabu added: “At InPrint 2015, we saw a continuation at a higher level of InPrint 2014, which showed diversified leads coming across many industries. This is what makes InPrint so special. The people visiting us came with specific production challenges and improvements in mind. And there were all kinds of directions – there were people from the screen world who had not thought of using digital in combination. And there were people from the screen side who didn’t know that there is a UV ink that would give them performance advantages. We also had a good number of leads for glass for interior and for packaging as well as many requests for industrial inkjet applications. The show was of a higher quality and more complete with new people looking at new industrial solutions from the manufacturing world, suggesting to us at Marabu that the target of the show was being achieved.”

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International community: Decision makers from the manufacturing and printing industries

Fifty-six per cent of the visitors came from within Germany. At the same time, the majority of the companies who exhibited at the show, 54%, are located abroad. Individually, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland were represented best among the exhibiting countries at the show. Looking at the nationalities of the visitors, Germany, Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, the USA and Japan are leading the list of 65 countries.

Once more, there were a considerable proportion of decision makers among the visitors who came from various manufacturing industries, from the industrial printing sector and from traditional printing companies. The majority came from Executive Management or from Research & Development. Other job functions were Sales/Marketing/Public Relations; Operations; Purchasing/Procurement/Contract Buyers as well as Education & Training. Of those visitors working in manufacturing industries, most came from mechanical engineering, followed by plastics, electronics, automotive as well as additive manufacturing and 3D. The visitors from the printing sector work mainly in the segments digital print, inkjet and screen.

Sixty-five per cent of the visitors named functional print as their main area of interest at InPrint. More than half of all visitors were additionally interested in decorative printing and more than one third in packaging printing as well as in additive manufacturing and 3D. Taking a closer look, most visitors chose to visit InPrint in order to find out about printing machines and systems. Other main areas of interest were ink, fluids and chemicals, materials and substrates, print heads, screens and other special parts as well as integrated and customised parts.

Marcus Timson, InPrint co-founder and organiser continued: “InPrint is now firmly established as a show that is playing a role in assisting the development of industrial printing. Exhibitors reported visitors of a very high calibre, the show networking areas were full and the two conference theatres well attended suggesting that advanced technical knowledge exchange is essential. Functional printing was of the highest interest for visitors, and as we shift our attention towards Milan, we expect to see an increase in interest for decorative printing. For InPrint 2015, the international attendance continued to grow and we expect this to continue into the future as InPrint becomes a truly European event.”
InPrint Milan in 2016, next show in Germany to follow in 2017 

Next year – from 15 to 17 November 2016 – the InPrint show will take place in Milan, Italy – at the MiCo (Milano Congressi), located closely to Milan city centre. The choice of location came in direct response to demand from the market for a dedicated forum for industrial print technology in Italy. Lombardy itself is a major centre for innovation in industrial technology, chemistry and manufacturing and the Milan region has a distinguished reputation for leadership in design and engineering.

InPrint 2017 will make a return to Germany.

Industrial Single pass and pigment printing of textiles takes center stage at ITMA 2015 – Digital Textile Pavilion.

As the gold standard for innovation & technology in textile – ITMA, culminates in the fashion capital of the world, Milan, there are no doubts that the Digital Textile Pavilion has been a major crowd puller. This is owing to the numerous technology developments & updates showcased on the back of a rapidly growing demand for digital printing on textile for apparel and for home furnishings. At the digital textile pavilion industrial single pass printing competing with rotary screen-printing speeds and new ink innovations for pigment printing created the major interest among the visitors.

We at Inkjet Forum India feel that for digital textile printing which now contributes about 3% of the total printed textile output, the key drivers to increase presence are going to be the success of industrial single pass technology and the techno-commercial acceptance of pigment digital textile printing by the industry.

In line with the same thought, ITMA 2015 saw the launch of 3 new printers to join MS-LaRio in the industrial single pass printer club. They are Konica Minolta Nassenger SP-1, Atexco Vega One and the much awaited SPGPrints Pike. Miyakoshi a innovative Japanese manufacturer of innovative printing machines also previewed their soon to be launched Industrial single pass printer. While MS has a head-start with around 12 installations around the world we can definitely expect interesting times ahead. Konica Minolta has reinforced its presence by recently setting up a 5 Million Euro demonstration and training facility showcasing the Nassenger SP-1 along with the Nassenger 8 & 10. Not a company to be left behind SPGPrints has ambitious plans for the Pike based on the new archer print bar technology based on the Fujifilm Samba printheads.

The Debate – Single Pass vs Scanning Mode

As industrial single pass technology is creating interest in the industry there is another school of thought in the industry, which believes that the conventional scanning mode provides more quality, flexibility and reliability for digital textile printing. Taking a look at the advantage for scanning mode based printers, this allows the textile mill or processing house to have a multiple of printers with different ink chemistries targeting different product segments and carrying out different jobs simultaneously. Industrial single pass printing technology on the other hand introduces a completely different economics with a high capital cost and low product costs allowing higher production volumes and for the company to achieve higher profit margins.

However based on the outputs of the single pass technology the company needs to be in sync with their pretreatment, design, post-treatment and marketing to utilize the full advantage of the system. The single pass printers give the optimum performance when they are running on a continuous basis with low downtime.

Eventually it will come down to two key points in making the decision for single pass and scanning mode – economics of the process & end application of the company.

Pigment Inks for Digital Textile

This is a great opportunity for digital textile printing industry to increase its market share considering that in conventional print, pigment printing occupies a healthy market share of close to 50% and the interest for digital textile in home textile industry is increasing which primarily relies on pigment prints do to requirement of high light fastness. The digital pigment printing process has not grown in popularity so far due to apprehensions in terms of:

– Printhead life with pigment inks

– Brightness of inks

– Wash fastness

– Hand-feel

– Commercial implications.

Pigment inks have been evolving over time and companies have been addressing the issues above to make pigment digital printing acceptable to the industry. However pigment printing does provide a comparatively eco-friendly process with reduction in water consumption and waste and also simplifies the entire production process compared to digital printing with dye based inks. Additionally since this process does not generate waste water it also allows the printing companies to setup the printing sites closer to the fashion and home furnishing markets.

Some new products that were launched at ITMA 2015 included:

Kiian: Kiian launched the Digistar K-Choice, a new pigment ink for the Kyocera heads at the show and also showcased their complete portfolio of aqueous inks. A special focus has been made by Kiian to ensure brighter color reproduction with their inks

Velvet jet: Velvet Jet, a company devoted to developing and manufacturing high quality inks, introduced their new pigment printing solution for digital textile printing.

Fujifilm Imaging Colorants: FFIC showcased their new Pro-JET TX pigment based ink for high speed textile printing with dry heat fixation technology with allows for waterless fixation

There were a few OEM’s and machine manufacturers in the digital textile pavilion exhibiting machines running on pigment ink successfully. The machines included the Durst Alpha 330, Colorjet Metro. Miyakoshi MTP Series, Kornit Allegro and MS – JPK Evo indicating the evolution of pigment inks to suit high speed production machines. Barring the MS JPK Evo the other four printers were launched at ITMA 2015.

Interesting Propositions.

Kothari Info-Tech Ltd.: Kothari Info-Tech Ltd (KITL) launched its new Charu Fashion range of high-energy disperse inks for direct printing of polyester fabrics. Along with the standard colors available they also showcased the fluorescent colour range allowing the prints to achieve deep, saturate and bright colours.

Sensient: Among other products Sensient launched the Xennia® Amethyst™ Ultra Black reactive dye digital textile ink which is a darker black for deeper tone. Dr Simon Daplyn, Sensient Product Manager for Textile Inks, comments, “The new Amethyst Ultra Black extends that lead. Benchmark testing against other inks available in the industry demonstrates a clear and distinct advantage for Amethyst Ultra Black in color depth and richness. This allows textile printers to add a new dimension in jet black design elements and stunning contrast with the bright Amethyst colors already being used by those looking for ultimate performance.”

Technijet: The UK based company introduced their Swiftjet line of machines for on-demand pre-treatment for digital printing. Swiftjet uses a unique high-pressure spray application method that controls the droplet size down to a micron level, this allows for a precise and controlled application rate.

Archroma: Archroma, together with a Swiss technology provider, introduced for the very first time at ITMA 2015 a pioneering system that Archroma believes will mark a turnaround in the textile digital printing market – Inkpresso ®. The Inkpresso system enables mixing of the required ink on site and on demand taking the ink manufacturing to the printers themselves.

Kornit: Kornit launched the Vulcan at ITMA 2015 which is positioned to be a cost effective digital printing solution for medium to long runs for the garment industry. It can print up to 250 garments per hour for both dark and light garments. The printer promises photo realistic quality with 60 re-circulating print heads.

Summing it up if we take a look at the textile industry – it’s a fact that inkjet textile printers are steadily penetrating the market with good business growth backed by recent improvements in print-head functionality, ink quality, and printer performance, as well as the unique qualities of digital printing. Important factors here are on-demand printing, plate-less printing and design flexibility, as well as greater environment friendliness resulting from the reduction of effluent and CO2 emission. The success of single pass printing technology and pigment inks will fuel the growth of digital textile printing in the coming 5 years !  

Mimtec targets short-run opportunity with Uvijet KV inks

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Mimtec’s Tom Powell and Malcolm Usher seal the deal with Andy Kent, new market development manager at Fujifilm Graphic Systems

Prior to its inkjet investment, Mimtec specialised in moulding screen-printed plastic sheets to create POS displays, 3D backdrops and 3D vending machine branded cladding up to 1.2×2.3m.

Mimtec managing director Mark Waring said: “We’re a thermoforming business that does a fair bit of moulding of pre-printed sheets working both with screen printers and direct with clients.

“We’ve done some forming of digitally printed sheets in the past where a client has brought them to us and found if it’s a shallow form you can just about get away with it, but this is the first time we’ve seen an inkjet solution that can print onto plastic substrates to be formed into 3D shapes.”

Mimtec is the first UK customer for the Uvijet thermoforming, UV-cured ink, which is manufactured at Fujifilm’s Broadstairs facility in Kent specifically for use with the Acuity Advance Select and Acuity Advance Select HS devices.

The company, which has no other commercial print equipment, has invested £200,000 in the printer, inks, Quadraxis Thermo 3D software suite, and associated building works and is in the process of going to market with its new short-run service.

Waring added that Mimtec was “taking the initiative” in launching the service, which it will offer direct to its clients as well as to the trade screen printers it works with, enabling them to produce low-runs and prototypes at a significantly lower cost than screen.

“The big issue with screen, especially when you’re doing distortion correction of the artwork prior to printing, is that you often have to go through several iterations to get the image to match the form and for each one you need four screens and have to do 10-15 pulls.

“With the Fujifilm inkjet solution and the digital workflow from Quadraxis we’re able to go through the same process much more cost-effectively. It’s simply a case of printing a standard test grid onto the sheet, forming it, imaging that with a camera and feeding that back into the software, which stitches the shots together and calculates the distortion that needs to be applied to the artwork.”

Waring said that the digital service was complementary to traditional screen-printed thermoforming, adding: “It’s such a specialist print solution that most printers are going to see it as too niche to invest in and most thermoformers aren’t interested because it’s not thermoforming.”

He added that the firm had been particularly impressed by “the performance and stretching capabilities demonstrated by Fujifilm’s Uvijet KV inks”. “They don’t crack during the thermoforming process and maintain high quality and vivid colours without any compromise to the print speed,” he added.

Fujifilm to showcase their widest range of inkjet solutions at FESPA 2015

Fujifilm will display an extensive array of mid-range and high-end printing platforms at FESPA 2015 (Cologne, May 18th – 22nd). On its stand (S9 – Hall 6), Fujifilm will demonstrate the latest advancements in its wide format portfolio and showcase how print service providers can more easily gain access to scaleable, high end platforms that can grow with their business, thanks to the introduction of the Inca Onset R40LT.

Visitors to the stand will view the versatility and scaleable configuration of the popular Inca Onset R40i platform, as the entry-level Onset R40LT has the ability to develop from a four-channel, 265 m2/hr device up to an eight-channel 400m2/hr printer with a variety of colour configurations. This gives users a highly flexible machine that can grow with their business whilst protecting their investment in the long-term.

The full-width array Onset R40LT is a future-proof and cost-effective wide format flatbed printer targeted at print service providers that are considering a standard mid-range digital flatbed machine. Making its first appearance at the show, the printer is distinguished by a more user friendly interface and guarantees high quality results with no banding at higher throughput speeds than scanning head technology.

The Onset R40LT model can start as a manual 3.14 x 1.6m (123.6in x 63in) full-width array flatbed printer and is capable of printing onto substrates up to 50mm (2in) thick at speeds equivalent to 40 full-beds sheets/hr. The printer has all the intelligent design features of the existing Onset R40i, including 14 picolitre Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, a UV sensor system and mechanical substrate height detectors, all of which maintain productivity, quality and reliability.

Fujifilm will also demonstrate a new 25-zone vacuum table developed for the Onset platform and the new Uvijet OW ink, which is designed to facilitate the shift from PVC to polypropylene materials without compromising on quality and performance.

From Fujifilm’s renowned Acuity range, this year’s FESPA will feature the Acuity FAcuity Advance Select and Acuity LED 1600.

Designed to meet the requirements of print service providers who have a high demand for near-photographic image quality on rigid media, Acuity F prints at speeds of up to 155 m2/hr and is available as a 6 or 7 channel model.

The Acuity Advance Select is a versatile UV printer with 4, 6 or 8 colour channels including white and clear options. It produces near-photographic quality print at up to 32.8m2/hr on a wide range of display and signage materials. Finally, the Acuity LED 1600 is an established hybrid roll-fed printer featuring a low-energy LED curing system, and is suitable for rigid and very thin flexible materials.

The Vybrant F1600 will also be showcased at FESPA 2015. It is a four colour, 1.6m roll-to-roll device with a productivity of up to 18 m2/hr, and is ideal for printing vinyl and other flexible materials to create indoor or outdoor applications where durability and quick delivery times are essential. The Vybrant F1600 features Fujifilm’s patented FUZETM hybrid UV ink technology, which can improve the efficiency of a large format production environment.

Fujifilm will be highlighting its commitment to developing solutions for the industrial sector by demonstrating its unique Uvijet KV ink. Used in conjunction with the Acuity Advance Select, Uvijet KV has outstanding elongation properties of up to 1000% when heat formed, making it perfect for short run and one-off thermoforming applications.

Finally, Fujifilm will demonstrate XMF Producer. Part of a new addition to the XMF Print Production Solutionssuite, the software allows printers to centralise, automate and pre-flight job layouts for production on mid-range and high-end flatbed platforms such as the Onset and Acuity.

Especially beneficial for high volume output, XMF Producer uses a template approach to manage variable data, automatically arranging jobs over multiple beds once they have been pre-flight checked. The software outputs hundreds of bed-sized layouts that can be printed via any RIP in the production environment. In addition to the automation and speed benefits that XMF Producer delivers, its centralised function within a mixed device environment ensures production consistency.

Tudor Morgan, systems marketing manager – high end at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, comments: “FESPA 2015 will be the perfect platform to showcase how our wide format portfolio is continuously expanding to suit print service providers of all sizes. With the launch of Onset R40LT, printers can now invest in a highly scaleable and productive mid-range printer that can grow with their business, while the ongoing developments of the Acuity devices in combination with UV inks will demonstrate the versatility of UV inkjet systems and the variety of applications they can produce.”

He concludes: “Visitors should not miss the opportunity to see our comprehensive and diverse product range that meets the needs of many different printers across the sign & display and light industrial sectors.”

Label&Print 2015 | Fujifilm to showcase the ‘power of inkjet’

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The company will be showing how its leading roll-fed printer, the Acuity LED 1600, can produce packaging samples, how its inkjet solutions are starting to transform corrugated applications and how, in partnership with FFEI, the Graphium hybrid digital label press can meet the needs of label converters looking to improve their business.

Fujifilm’s Acuity LED 1600 is a large format hybrid inkjet printer which produces outstanding packaging prototypes, including applications distinguished by varnishing effects and spot colours. The printer achieves a productivity of up to 20m2 per hour and excellent image quality, supporting substrates up to 1,610mm in width and rigid sheet materials up to 13mm thick (including PET, acrylic, polycarbonate substrates and lightweight boards including mirror and fluted).

Another key feature of the Acuity LED 1600 is the inclusion of six ink colours, with the addition of white and clear ink as standard. The machine can apply these in a single pass to produce premium matt and high gloss finishes with a much higher efficiency than a conventional printer, where colours in conjunction with white and clear inks are applied in separate passes.

Fujifilm’s Uvijet digital inks offer vibrant colours, excellent cut and crease features, and a range of finishes from low glare satin to high impact gloss that can be used for all types of corrugated applications.

At Packaging Innovations, Fujifilm will highlight the advantages offered by its integrated solution and illustrate some packaging and display applications produced using this platform.

Artwork Digital makes school storage child’s play

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Eco storage printed on Inca digital flatbed printer

Finding innovative and space-saving ways to store equipment within the school environment can be a challenge; making the storage fun and safe at the same time requires a creative approach.

Brazilian POS design and production company Artwork Digital was given just that task by the Bau Econhecimento School. The school wanted low-cost, mobile storage boxes for books, films, costumes, puppets and props used in students’ ecology and environment lessons. Light and easy to move around, the boxes had to be safe to handle while being colourful and appealing to the students. With a consideration for the environment, they also had to be produced using 100% recycled and recyclable substrates.

Seven boxes were produced. Made from 16mm re-board, each box comprised two doors, two drawers, shelf and lid, mounted on casters. The individual box parts were digitally printed on Artwork Digital’s Inca Onset S20 flatbed printer using solvent free UV inks, before being cut and assembled.

Rômulo Guimarães from Artwork Digital says: “Although very technical, this project gave us the opportunity to be especially creative and to let our imaginations go back to our childhood for inspiration.”

The project also received an Inca IDEAs award in the Product Decoration & Unique Designs category. Judges commented: “Thinking inside and outside the box.” And “Great use of product decoration showing Inca isn’t just for cardboard and paper.”

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About Inca Digital Printers

Inca Digital Printers, part of the Dainippon Screen Group, is one of the world’s leading pioneers and manufacturers of flat-bed inkjet printing technology. The Eagle and Columbia printers set the early standards in UV inkjet flatbed printing. Today the ground-breaking Onset Series ensures that Inca’s products remain at the forefront of productivity, quality and reliability. Fujifilm manufactures and develops the UV inks used in Inca machines and sells the flatbed printers around the world. Inca’s facility in Cambridge, UK, incorporates R&D, customer support, machine assembly and commissioning, a dedicated training facility and a clean room for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 20% of staff involved in R&D, a significant investment here helps the company maintain its position at the forefront of machine productivity, innovation, quality and reliability. www.incadigital.com

For further information please contact:
Splash!PR:
Ruth Clark. T: +44 (0) 1580 241177 E: ruth@splashpr.co.uk

FESPA Digital: Strong response to Marabu’s inkjet ink portfolio

At FESPA Digital 2014 Marabu stood out with its UV-curable, solvent and water-based inkjet inks. Additionally, Marashield liquid coatings and its new colour shades proved to be a strong fourth pillar within the wide inkjet ink portfolio.

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Tamm, 28 May 2014 – At the largest FESPA Digital show so far, Marabu showed his versatile competence in digital printing. In particular, the wide portfolio of UV-curable, solvent and water-based inkjet inks was convincing, including new metallic colour shades and a smart alternative ink for Océ Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity. Outstanding interest was focused on the new Marashield UV-CGL colour shades for printing on glass surfaces using roller coating technology.

Silver effects with UV-LED-curable and solvent-based inkjet inks
At Munich, silver effects of a very special kind were provided by the UV-LED-curable metallic shade as a new part of the UltraJet DLE-A series. With the new UV-colour pleasing matt shimmering silver effects can be achieved on a huge variety of substrates, for example on non-absorbent substrates such as plastics. The solvent-based MaraJet DI-MS series offers an enlarged colour gamut with coloured metallic effects: Based on the MaraJet DI-MS 191 silver a wide variety of different metallic shades can be created. The MaraJet DI-MS colour series is applicable on PVC self-adhesive films, coated substrates, coated and uncoated textiles, and suitable papers.

Alternative ink for Océ Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity
In addition, Marabu presented its UV-curable UltraJet DUV-A series as a smart alternative ink complete with bulk system for Océ Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity. They span an extensive colour gamut and demonstrate outstanding adhesion to a variety of substrates. Switching to Marabu inkjet inks is simple. In the end, perfect print results and maximum cost-efficiency speak for themselves. Potential savings compared to the OEM ink start already after six liter.

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Water-based inkjet ink for a broad range of substrates
Another focus was on water-based digital inks. With the sustainable and odourless ink system of MaquaJet DA-E an excellent adhesion on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates in indoor and outdoor use can be achieved. Besides high colour density and print stability, DA-E couples compelling health and safety advantages.

Proven sublimation inks and a new textile inkjet package
Digital textile printing was one of the intensively discussed subjects in Munich. Marabu presented a new ink package based on disperse dyes which is perfectly suitable for direct printing onto polyester. The package contains special formulations for industrial print heads of Kyocera, Ricoh, and Seiko. Suitable applications include flags, umbrellas, home textiles, and apparel. Additionally, Marabu provided a preview of new acid inkjet colours for silk and polyamide. Marabu’s portfolio for digital textile printing was completed by its proven water-based sublimation inks TexaJet DX-SHE and TexaJet DX-STE.

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Liquid coatings for priming, finishing and protecting
Marabu’s UV-curable and water-based Marashield liquid coatings Marashield daily demonstrated their consistent coating quality and high-gloss finish on a Bürkle LFC 1300. A special highlight were the new Marashield UV-CGL colour shades for printing on glass surfaces using roller coating technology. Application areas include wall coverings, work surfaces and glass doors. For many visitors it was a good opportunity to test specific material samples directly on-site.

For more information, please visit www.marabu-inks.com.

Marabu GmbH & Co. KG

Marabu is a leading global manufacturer of screen, digital, and pad inks as well as liquid coatings. The company is headquartered near Stuttgart, Southern Germany – a region renowned for its pioneering technology and engineering prowess. Marabu’s track record of innovation stretches back to 1859, featuring many industry-first solutions for both industrial applications and graphic design. With its 15 subsidiaries and exclusive distribution partners, Marabu offers high-quality products and customer-specific services in more than 80 countries. Exceptional technical support and hands-on customer training are core elements of its corporate philosophy. Sustainable business practices are also key to Marabu’s vision – and have been implemented through a number of initiatives, with concrete results – and the company is committed to maintaining this course of action in future. Marabu has been certified to ISO 9001 since 1995 and to ISO 14001 since 2013.

Inca Digital Excellence Awards 2014 showcase print creativity with inspiring applications

Awards winners announced at Inca Digital event during FESPA Munich 

21st May 2014 – The winners of the Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAs) 2014 were announced last night in Munich during FESPA, at a reception hosted by Inca and Fujifilm to celebrate the occasion.

The IDEAs celebrate the creative and remarkable products and effects that can be achieved by companies using Inca printers. The judges – Vince Cahill, President of VCE Solutions; John Charnock, PR-INT director; Barney Cox, consultant and Marco Boer, senior analyst and consultant to the digital printing industry – were tasked to select outstanding efforts from an exceptional group of entries submitted from around the world. Entries in each of the categories were selected on the basis of originality of the job, complexity of the substrate, ability to overcome design and concept challenges, success of producing something special, benefits to the client, and overall visual and structural impression.

The standard of entries was extremely high from Inca printer users producing innovative products that incorporated different materials to meet customers’ demanding specifications. The flexibility of Inca’s technology was evident with the winning companies producing eye-catching window display schemes, large exhibition booth graphics, unique interactive display units, and decorative children’s play storage.

Each category winner received an Inca IDEAs trophy and a VIP trip to Munich to attend FESPA and celebrate their Award. The winner of the Interactive Display category also received a VariableDisplay Solution supplied by Caldera.

“This is the third Inca Digital Excellence Awards and once again we are delighted by the number of entries that demonstrate the considerable potential for digital print,” says Heather Kendle, Director Marketing & Product Management. “The sheer range of applications shows the ingenuity and creativity of our customers using Inca printers, ranging from a Columbia Turbo to the latest Onset. All the entrants should be proud of the work they have done.”

The IDEA 2014 winners are:
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Kolorcraft, UK:
 for the New Look Spring 2013 Window Scheme. Created to complement the press and in-store advertising campaign, this window display had to include decorative elements with changeable graphics to match seasonal trends. Made from a combination of 10mm and 18mm honeycomb board, display board, boxboard and polypropylene, and printed on an Inca Onset S40, all units were supplied flat packed to store with easily-assembled slot-together pieces.
Judges’ comments: “This is a beautiful looking and executed job. Top marks.” And: “Shows what clever print can do.”

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Display Graphics for a large, quality exhibition booth built in the style of a small medieval fortified city with typical Moroccan architecture. Printed on 16mm Re-board on an Inca Columbia Turbo, all parts were produced in less than two days and designed to be installed in less than one day with minimum fixings.
Judge’s comment: “Wow, truly impressive amount of print. Full marks for effort and ambition.”

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Interactive Display
Smurfit Kappa Display, Ireland:
 for the innovative Absolut Butik display unit that featured an interactive element with phone/tablet application. The unit was created using 16mm Re-board printed on an Inca Onset S40i, which was then constructed with built-in LED lighting strips.
Judge’s comment: “Good use of print, materials, lighting and a tablet.”

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Product Decoration & Unique Designs
Artwork Digital, Brazil:
 for school costumes and props storage boxes to be used in students’ ecology and environment lessons. Created from 16mm Re-board printed on an Inca Onset S20, the brightly decorated boxes had to be produced at low cost using eco-smart substrates and inks.
Judges’ comments: “Thinking inside and outside the box.” And: “Great use of product decoration showing Inca isn’t just for cardboard and paper.”

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Special Award for Creativity
Color Ink, Inc., USA:
 for its replica bobsled designed for Century 21 Realty, sponsors of the US bobsled team, to be displayed during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Created from lightweight 40mm White Styrene and 1 inch Ultraboard printed on an Inca Onset Q40i, the full-scale realistic looking bobsleds had to be compact for shipping purposes, easy to assemble and lightweight.
Judges’ comments: “Unique design, complicated specs.” And: “Impressive.”

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Further information on the Inca Digital Excellence Awards and the winning entries is available online:http://www.incadigital.com/ideas/

About Inca Digital Printers

Inca Digital Printers, part of the Dainippon Screen Group, is one of the world’s leading pioneers and manufacturers of flat-bed inkjet printing technology. The Eagle and Columbia printers set the early standards in UV inkjet flatbed printing. Today the ground-breaking Onset Series ensures that Inca’s products remain at the forefront of productivity, quality and reliability. Fujifilm manufactures and develops the UV inks used in Inca machines and sells the flatbed printers around the world. Inca’s facility in Cambridge, UK, incorporates R&D, customer support, machine assembly and commissioning, a dedicated training facility and a clean room for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 20% of staff involved in R&D, a significant investment here helps the company maintain its position at the forefront of machine productivity, innovation, quality and reliability. www.incadigital.com

For further information please contact:

Splash!PR:
Ruth Clark. T: +44 (0) 1580 241177 E: ruth@splashpr.co.uk

Press+ (Americas):
Irvin Press. T: +1 508 384 0608 E: irv@press-plus.com

Inca Digital Printers:

Heather Kendle. T: +44 (0) 1223 577800  E: heather.kendle@incadigital.com

Inca Digital and Fujifilm launch the Inca Onset R40i UV flatbed printer

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New wide-format flatbed Onset model combines quality with speed to deliver 80 beds/hour. Global debut at FESPA Digital 2014.

Inca Digital announces the launch of the Inca Onset R40i wide-format, flatbed UV printer. The new printer will be demonstrated for the first time worldwide by Fujifilm, Inca’s exclusive global distribution partner, at FESPA Digital 2014 (Booth 530, 20-23 May, Messe Munich).
The Onset R40i is the latest addition to the Inca Onset series and, using Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, delivers a 14 picolitre (pL) drop size and a genuine 400 sqm/hour productivity. Based on the dynamic Onset Scaleable Architecture platform, the new Onset is available with a variety of colour options (CMYK, Lm, Lc and white), with customers being able to modify their machine from a 4-colour configuration to 5, 6 or 7 colours (up to 8 ink channels – 2 for white ink). As their business grows, customers can adapt other elements of the printer, such as the UV curing lamps, automation, speed modes, electronics and software, to suit their evolving production needs.
A maximum output resolution of 1200dpi can be produced on media up to 3.14m x 1.6m (123.6 inches x 63 inches) and up to 50mm (2in) thick at the rate of up to 80 full-bed sheets per hour. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super high-quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements. This new Onset also supports Inca’s Print Run Controller software for companies requiring variable data printing capability.

Choice of automation
The Onset R40i is compatible with Inca’s flexible automation system which gives customers the choice to operate manually, or with semi or three-quarter automation. At FESPA Digital visitors will have the opportunity to see the Onset R40i running with a new full automation system, as a result of integration between a Hostert automated feeder and alignment table and Inca’s proprietary material loader and take off system. This combination allows for continuous printing onto a variety of material types and sizes commonly used within the display, POP and sign markets. Thanks to the continuous feed and print, users can reduce labour costs and achieve increased productivity and efficiency.
“The new Inca Onset R40i delivers the ideal combination of speed and quality for companies producing a mix of fast turnaround retail graphics for distance viewing but also wishing to produce high-quality graphics for short-distance viewing,” says Heather Kendle, Inca Digital’s Director of Marketing and Product Management. “The beauty of the Onset Series, which now features a choice of 12 different models and three different handling systems, is that print companies can not only pick exactly the right Onset with the right combination of productivity, quality and ink options for their business, but also evolve their machine to meet their changing needs whenever they wish.”

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About Inca Digital Printers
Inca Digital Printers, part of the Dainippon Screen Group, is one of the world’s leading pioneers and manufacturers of flat-bed inkjet printing technology. The Eagle and Columbia printers set the early standards in UV inkjet flatbed printing. Today the ground-breaking Onset Series ensures that Inca’s products remain at the forefront of productivity, quality and reliability. Fujifilm manufactures and develops the UV inks used in Inca machines and sells the flatbed printers around the world. Inca’s facility in Cambridge, UK, incorporates R&D, customer support, machine assembly and commissioning, a dedicated training facility and a clean room for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 20% of staff involved in R&D, a significant investment here helps the company maintain its position at the forefront of machine productivity, innovation, quality and reliability. http://www.incadigital.com
About FUJIFILM Corporation
FUJIFILM Corporation is one of the major operating companies of FUJIFILM Holdings. Since its founding in 1934, the company has built up a wealth of advanced technologies in the field of photo imaging, and in line with its efforts to become a comprehensive healthcare company, Fujifilm is now applying these technologies to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in the Medical and Life Science fields. Fujifilm is also expanding growth in the highly functional materials business, including flat panel display materials, and in the graphic systems and optical devices businesses.
About Fujifilm Graphic Systems
Fujifilm Graphic Systems is a stable, long term partner focussed on delivering high quality, technically advanced print solutions that help printers develop competitive advantage and grow their businesses. The company’s financial stability and unprecedented investment in R&D enable it to develop proprietary technologies for best-in-class printing. These include pre-press and pressroom solutions for offset, wide-format and digital print, as well as workflow software for print production management. Fujifilm is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its products and operations, proactively working to preserve the environment, and strives to educate printers about environmental best practice. For more information, visit http://www.fujifilm.eu/eu/products/graphic-systems/, or http://www.youtube.com/FujifilmGSEurope or follow us on @FujifilmPrintEU

For further information contact:
Elni Stofberg / Isabella Schiavi
AD Communications
E: estofberg@adcomms.co.uk / ischiavi@adcomms.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1372 464470

Inca Digital Printers
Heather Kendle
E: heather.kendle@incadigital.com
T: +44 (0)1223 577800

Splash!PR
Ruth Clark / Melinda Williams
E: ruth@splashpr.co.uk / melinda@splashpr.co.uk
T: +44 (0)1580 241177
Press+ (Americas)
Irvin Press
E: irv@press-plus.com
T: +1 508 384 0608

FESPA Digital 2014 promises to reach new depths of innovation and success at Munich!

The largest focused event for digital wide format print, signage and garment decoration – FESPA Digital 2014 is set to provide international visitors with an ocean of opportunity, from more than 400 leading industry exhibitors. The expo will be hosted from 20th May – 23rd May 2014 at Messe München, Munich where visitors will be able to discover latest innovations in technology, consumables, techniques, processes, applications, customers, business models and more. In this article we will take you through the new products to be launched at FESPA 2014 across the graphics, industrial inkjet and digital textile print applications. 

FESPA Fabric 2014, a co-located event of FESPA Digital will provide visitors with insight into the latest product developments, launches for garment decoration and textile print.FESPA Fabric will have 70 exhibitors highlighting equipment, consumables and services with a focus on textile applications, from printed apparel, home textiles and promotional products.

FESPA Fabric will also offer visitors a rich four-day program of seminars and workshops, where it will show tips and tricks for digital direct-to-garment printing. To achieve consistent color with textile substrates and inks, color expert Marco Olivotto will share his expertise each day of the show. Professor Marc Van Parys from Ghent University in Belgium will explore latest innovations in creation of new UV inks and lacquers for digital textile printing and also highlight new developments in digital printing for different kinds of textile products. Another interesting workshop from Christopher Bernat of Vapor Apparel/Source Custom will focus on printers who might want to diversify into garment printing with dye sublimation, with an eye on pricing and profitability. Debbie McKeegan, Creative Director at Digetex Group, a digital textile print specialist will discuss her company’s growth as a provider of graphics and home textiles, which will prove interesting to visitors with an interest in home textiles. Sophie Matthews-Paul, a prominent consultant will also offer a daily ‘Tech Time’ session, which will include tailored sessions on fabric and apparel. Research-led seminars will have the duo from Infotrends – Catherine Cresswell & Smithers Pira, who will discuss range of processes, materials and ink types and also explore trends in digital textile printing & finishing.

Among exhibitors for graphics & industrial print applications, MUTOH will unveil three brand-new printers.  The new products include a compact 24” wide roll-to-roll printer and two LED UV printer models.  With the advent of its first ever LED UV printers, Mutoh extends its existing product portfolio of wide format printers – for sign & display, dye sublimation and direct textile applications – with a new category of environmentally responsible printers specifically targeted at specialty and industrial short run digital print applications.

UV inkjet systems from swissQprint are based on shared fundamentals: Swiss quality, high precision and a robust modular design, with a variety of convincing application options. Its portfolio comprises Oryx, Impala, Nyala. All models are basically flatbed printers with add-on features as required which include the roll-to-roll option for printing on flexible materials, and the board option that offers a simple method of printing on over-sized formats. In addition to the CMYK standard, the machines can be equipped with light colors, white, varnish, primer and spot colors thanks to a maximum of nine color channels. The nine-picolitre droplet size produces results with a visual print resolution up to 2160 dpi. 

Agfa Graphics a leading supplier of digital printing solutions for sign and display and industrial printing, will be showing the enhanced range of Anapurna engines, as well as the new Jeti Titan S/HS true flatbed UV-inkjet printers, which combine speed with exceptional print quality at the sharpest price. The Agfa Graphics printer package includes a vast assortment of dedicated inks as well as the Asanti workflow automation software. Asanti improves productivity and warrants the highest amount of color accuracy. It is completed by Asanti StoreFront, a cloud-based web-to-print system that helps users expand their activities and explore new markets.

Fujifilm will be showing how its best-in-class solutions which can add value to any business involved in the production of wide format print. One is the Inca Onset, which is the world’s fastest ultra-high productivity flatbed platform for producing high quality display POP images on rigid and flexible media. Uvistar is suitable for super-wide graphics, for display and POP with roll media, producing quality images at over 350m2/hr throughput. One more product from Fujifilm is the Acuity Advance Select which is a dedicated flatbed printer series (with roll option) for high-quality POP and signage onto rigid and roll materials at up to 64m2/hr true production speed. It will also show the Acuity LED 1600, a LED UV hybrid printer suitable for rigid and very thin flexible materials with best in class productivity of 20m2/hr.

Gandy Digital has a proven successful track record of consistently being at the forefront of the large format digital print industry.  The technological advancement at Gandy Digital’s offices and the Gandy Digital Pred8tor, Domin8tor, Viper and Sl8te are just the tip of the iceberg into James Gandy’s vision of the future in grand format digital printing and manufacturing. The new Sl8te family of hybrid & true flatbed feature highly competitive UV printers without sacrificing the sharpest print quality attained by Gandy’s other printers. 

Dainippon will demonstrate the Truepress Jet W3200UV, its latest flatbed UV printer. With a top production speed of 85m per hour and superb image quality the Truepress Jet W3200UV offers a perfect balance for many different applications and is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most exciting machines on the market.

The Xerox® Wide Format IJP 2000 is a high speed, high quality, single pass inkjet printer with breakthrough speed of up to 420 square meters per hour. The water resistant inks produce instantly dry prints on a variety of materials such as banner fabric, tear resistant Tyvek®, photo gloss and satin papers and backlit or stoplight films making it ideal for indoor signs, posters, and banners, in addition to presentation graphics, maps and exhibition/tradeshow/event graphics. The Xerox Wide Format IJP 2000  is powered by the Caldera GrandRIP+ and will be displayed with a variety of finishing partners.

Among other exhibitors, Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, will be located in Stand A1-110 with a theme of “Together We Create”. Mimaki Europe will focus on using imagination to create a more inspirational, exciting and profitable business for customers, distributors and partners.

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UV LED printer SWS Maglev is IQDEMY’s new development. The patented magnetic levitation technology used therein enables the carriage system to run without friction thus enabling the highest possible accuracy of dot placements never seen before in inkjet printers. Photorealistic sharp and colorful images and text that exceed the expectations of customers can thus be achieved.

For visitors focused on digital textiles, Kornit Digital will show the latest direct-to-garment printing systems, driven by a complete direct-to-garment production workflow. It will also provide total transparency on printer ROI and ink cost when using Kornit systems. Kornit has in its product portfolio NeoPigment process including an integrated pre-treatment solution for the digital textile printing industry.

Quality Korean digital textile printer producer, d.gen which is also the textile sponsor at FESPA Digital 2014, will be showing the new upgraded 3.3m width direct to fabric d.gen Teleios Grande printer with disperse dye, speeds up to 200m2/hr. Also on display is the d.gen Artrix/GTII, a suitable printer for any kind of fabric with pigment inks, and the latest & first paper transfer printer from d.gen, Papyrus Black.  DGI, a Korean leader of graphics/signage printers will be showcasing a host of upgraded printers for soft signage, home textile, direct to textile & high resolution printing. 

Reggiani Macchine, one of the leading companies in the digital textile space will launch the Renoir Plus Hybrid Machine. Thanks to its versatility, this machine is able to manage both fabric and paper and is a very adaptable and flexible machine which is able to conform to the client’s needs. Moreover, thanks to the industrial fixation system it is now possible to cure in line. ReNOIR PLUS is a versatile machine and thanks to water based inks and low consumption, it is the most eco-friendly printing process available in the market, as confirmed by its Green Label certification.

Durst from Austria will present brand new large format digital printers, with all of them offering a common benefit of increased productivity with Durst claiming them to be the fastest printers available. Durst assures of achieving very high productivity without compromising on print quality. Durst will provide live demonstrations of all its printers throughout the show.

DyStar a global market leading manufacturer of dyes, pigments, chemicals and digital printing inks for the textile industry, will showcase its extensive offer of high quality, high performance Jettex digital printing inks, ranging from reactive, acid to disperse inks for all textile substrates. DyStar will also feature its Sera and Evo products for optimum preparation of textile substrates to achieve high quality digital prints.

German producer of inks for digital textile printing sector – Solunaris GmbH will showcase its new generations of Antelos inks for use in the latest industrial high-speed printheads, providing perfect jet-ability, high color yield and excellent fastness properties. The basic product ranges are Antelos R reactive inks for digital printing on cotton, viscose, silk and wool, suitable for all the major high-speed digital textile printers. The products meet all ecological requirements such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and are GOTS certified.

Sensient will be launching their ElvaJet®PE500 & ElvaJET@PE570 series of pigmented inks for cotton printing with machines equipped with Kyocera printheads.

 

Huntsman Textile Effects will present the latest developments in the field of water based inks for the most important industrial print heads, with ranges covering all ink chemistries needed in the textile printing industry. New launches will include TERASIL® Subli XKS sublimation inks and LYOSPERSE® XKS pigmented inks for high speed digital printing using Kyocera print head technology. Also premiering will be the new ERIOFAST® Jet Black XKS 2500 reactive inks which can attain previously unseen deep black results on cellulosic fibres.

At FESPA 2014, J-Teck3 will showcase J-Cube RF40/KF40, a brand new series of digital inks for sublimation and direct-to-fabric printing on polyester. The series, manufactured with the exclusive J-Teck’s Cluster Technology, has been developed for digital printers equipped with Ricoh & Kyocera print heads. Other digital water-based inks of J-Teck’s range will be on display: J-Next Subly, suitable for Epson DX6 and DX7 print heads, the well-known J-Eco Line disperse dyes for direct and transfer printing on polyester, EPS system for double-sided printing in digital direct-to-fabric printing process.

Among software solutions providers, visitors to SAi’s booth will be the first to see a demonstration of the all-new SAi Flexi and Flexi Design, the first digital printing and sign making software available via monthly or yearly subscription.  SAi Flexi offers a design, RIP, vinyl cutting and print-to-cut workflow that drives up to five devices simultaneously while Flexi Design includes all the design features and can send files to a remote SAi Flexi, PhotoPRINT or even Onyx, RasterLink, and VersaWorks.

Caldera is a software company with more than 20 years experience in developing, marketing and supporting high-quality technological software for wide-format imaging, business workflow and digital signage with a commitment to increasing productivity, cost-efficiency and color output. Caldera’s suite of award-winning, production-orientated print and print-to-cut workflow programs offer color management, imaging and driving solutions for large- and grand-format peripherals.

ColorGATE which has been successful in developing software solutions, RIP software and printer driver technology for the commercial printing (digital, conventional printing, prepress) and industrial printing markets, will be displaying its core product, Productionserver, which is a modular RIP and color management software. With SmartControl, it offers a complete practice-approved industrial printing operating system (IPOS).

To sum up, the largest focused event for digital wide format print, signage and garment decoration is set to provide international visitors with abundant opportunities and allow their businesses to reach new depths of innovation and success.

Inkjet Forum India continues its endeavors to bridge the gap in between the manufacturers and end-users through its comprehensive conferences and seminars. We are privileged to preview FESPA 2014, Munich. Inkjet Forum India will soon hold its 1st Industrial and Printing Technology Conference – IndusPRINT 2014 in Bangalore on 11th October.

About Inkjet Forum India

Inkjet Forum India strives to lead the industry towards innovation in Inkjet! Our primary objectives comprise of assisting the printing industry to upgrade with technological developments, understand various applications & market trends in the areas of digital textile printing, ceramic inkjet printing, industrial inkjet & printing inks. We also possess the experience in hosting the most comprehensive and informative conferences and seminars for the Indian inkjet industry.  

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