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Inca expands Cambridge support facilities & boosts Business Development team to meet strong global interest

Inca Digital has responded to the increased world interest in its wide-format flatbed digital inkjet printers with a major expansion at its Cambridge, UK headquarters.  Further investment in the company’s dedicated Training and Validation Centre enhances Inca’s ability to support its customers and distributors, plus offers an expanded business development resource within the R&D department and accelerates Inca’s strategy to develop its inkjet technology for a variety of industrial applications.

The new facilities, officially opened yesterday by Mr. Masahiro Hashimoto, Vice Chairman of Inca’s parent company Screen Holdings Co Ltd, and investment in further R&D space, increase Inca’s capability by more than 20%.

The purpose-designed Training and Validation Centre is equipped with a range of Inca hardware and software, and will provide a comprehensive spectrum of support services to Inca’s partners, end users and distributors.  Key functions include pre-dispatch validation of Inca’s major product lines, the Inca Onset printers, sold exclusively and globally by Fujifilm, and the Truepress Jet W3200UV series, sold through Screen Holdings.  Additional functions include providing in-depth, personalised training to customers and distributors, more extensive testing of new features, and the evaluation of exciting new substrates.

Inca’s new centre will also become the WHITE CANVAS INCA facility within the Screen Holdings organisation, joining WHITE CANVAS MON-NAKA and WHITE CANVAS RAKUSAI in Japan. Screen’s innovative WHITE CANVAS centres provide expert facilities where the focus is on complete production solutions and partnership with customers and industry partners.

Dr Jim Taylor joins business development team
Inca has also expanded its industrial capabilities with the formation of a Business Development team, headed up by Mr Johnny Otani and Dr Jim Taylor. Previously business development manager of Xennia’s ink consultancy group, Jim Taylor earlier co-founded the Cambridge-based software development consultancy Cametrics. During this time, he was instrumental in the development of software for industrial inkjet applications, including full-colour variable data printing and high-speed, high-resolution coding using large single-pass printhead arrays.

“This is a great time to be joining Inca because there are so many exciting opportunities opening up for the company’s innovative inkjet technology, especially in the wider and multi-faceted industrial sector,” says Dr Taylor. “I’m looking forward to helping Inca identify new applications not only for our existing models, but also developing new ‘added-value’ solutions for new markets.”

“These announcements are further evidence that Inca Digital keeps going from strength to strength,” says John Mills, CEO, Inca Digital.  “As sales of the Onset and Truepress ranges continue to grow and companies around the world move to total digital production, it is essential that we not only continue to invest in our expert support facilities, but that we also explore new opportunities for our customers and the business as a whole.”

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 Inca team outside new Training and Validation Center

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Inca Training and Validation Centre

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Yoshinari Otani,COO, Yoshinori Tsuruya, VP, Masahiro Hashimoto, President, John Mills, CEO

About Inca Digital Printers
Inca Digital Printers, part of Screen Holdings Co Ltd, 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 Inca’s major product lines include the ground-breaking Inca Onset printers, sold exclusively and globally by Fujifilm, and the Truepress Jet W3200UV series, sold through Screen Holdings.  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. For more information please visitwww.incadigital.com or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/incadigital

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  Melinda Williams or Ruth Clark. T: +44 (0) 1580 241177 E: melinda@splashpr.co.uk
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Inca Digital Printers:  Arianne Winter T: +44 (0)1223 577883 E: Arianne.Winter@incadigital.com

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

InPrint Success and 85% Exhibitor Space Rebook Points to Strong Future for Industrial Print

Munich in November, the setting for InPrint 2015

Strong space re-bookings, coupled with an influx of new exhibitor bookings has led to 85% of the 2014 exhibition space being confirmed with 14 months to go to InPrint 2015. This has led organisers to increase the available exhibition space by an additional 50% to meet demand.

Visitor profile reflects show focus on printing technology for industrial production

The InPrint Show was launched in response to a growth in technological innovation for industrial print production within the manufacturing sector. The 2014 event surpassed expectations by attracting a unique audience of professionals focused upon technology for manufacturing for functional and decorative industrial print. Over 52% of visitors came from the manufacturing sector, reflecting the show’s focus upon industrial production, whilst attendees were noted for their seniority and their strategic focus at InPrint 2014.

The key technologies at InPrint 2014 focused on screen and digital, inkjet and 3D print technologies. InPrint 2014 and 2015 exhibitor, Marcus Borghoff of leading screen printing machinery company ESC, explains, “InPrint 2014 was an excellent initiative and really supports the continued development of Screen Print in Industrial applications. We found the event to be really useful in connecting us with senior decision makers from the print community and more importantly from manufacturing. A positive result is that many of our existing industrial customers were encouraged to meet us there and that we were able to establish a great number of new contacts. We were really pleased with the quality and quantity of contacts that we made.”

A stronger focus on the future than traditional print shows

The next InPrint Show will take place at Messe Munich from 10-12 November 2015 alongside Productronica, the leading show for electronics manufacturing enabling the InPrint Show to enhance its unique focus on functional printing for industrial production. Overwhelmingly, the feedback from visitors and exhibitors was that InPrint 2014 produced an entirely different outcome to that of a traditional print exhibition.

Mark Hanley, IT Strategies

Mark Hanley, President of I.T. Strategies explains why InPrint is different, “InPrint set the ball rolling for the new Industrial Print markets driven alike by a high degree of analogue specialisation and digital print itself. We have been asked about InPrint by all of our customers around the globe. This is an event with depth and development capability. In fact InPrint is more about the future of print in our eyes than some of the more established mainstream print shows. Industrial and production digital print markets are about integration to manufacturing and extensive development of core technology to match the highest performance standards of manufactured products, which happen to need to be printed. InPrint addresses this like no other show.”

InPack: New feature on digital print technologies for packaging

In addition to a focus on functional and decorative industrial printing, InPrint 2015 will also incorporate new technologies for packaging.

Simon Edwards, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Tonejet explains, “InPrint is clearly one of the pivotal international events for digital printing. With the development of digital packaging in print, InPrint has become the ideal event for Tonejet to showcase its ground breaking nozzle-less, ultrathin ink layer, digital jetting technology.”

InPack, a feature of the InPrint event, will be a dedicated content programme focused upon the growth of digital printing within the packaging sector. Valued by I.T. Strategies at $45 Billion, packaging printing represents approximately 45% of the total industrial print market. In light of this fact, organisers have announced a strategic partnership with PackHub, a consultancy specialised in innovative packaging solutions and product branding.

Paul Jenkins, Founder of the PackHub explains, “Packaging is a highly competitive and dynamic media that is at the forefront of branding and digital print technology is increasingly being deployed in new and exciting ways to reach consumers. With the increasing focus on packaging innovation, digital print in particular is a target for brands to customise and personalise packaging. Working with the InPrint team, we will develop a content programme that provides insight and inspiration for the future of digital print for packaging, the pressures and its potential opportunities.”

Paul Jenkins, Director, The Pack Hub

Even during the traditionally quieter summer period, new exhibitors continued to book their space at the show, adding additional leading print technology brands to the list of exhibitors at InPrint 2015 including ToneJet, Seiko Infotech, Global Inkjet Systems, Wifag Polytype and Inca Digital.

Exciting new names for InPrint 2015 exhibitor list

Inca Digital’s COO Yoshinari Otani explains on Inca’s decision to exhibit at InPrint: “Inca Digital has been a leading innovator in the development of inkjet since the beginning of this technology. To date, this work has focused on digital flatbed printers for the POS market, but the technology is also suitable for other industrial applications, an important area for future growth. The InPrint show provides companies like us a showcase for the latest developments in inkjet technologies for these industrial applications, and it lets us interact with other market players and potential customers.”

In addition to leading technology and machinery manufacturers, new head manufacturers have made the decision to exhibit at InPrint 2015. Seiko Infotech are one of the leading inkjet head manufacturers, and as such, will be utilising the unique focus of the InPrint Show to launch a new inkjet head. Francois Aguilar is Marketing Director at Seiko Infotech, another new exhibitor participating at InPrint 2015 explains, “The timing and the focus for InPrint 2015 was absolutely right as Seiko introduces this exciting new inkjet head into the market. The printhead enables bigger print width, recirculation technology, with bigger and smaller drop sizes in order to cover a wide array of applications such as Ceramic, Textile and Packaging which matches the broad focus of the show being about industrial print technologies for a broad wide array of applications. We are excited about introducing this new printhead to the industrial print community at the InPrint Show in Munich.”

 

Courtesy: http://industrialprintshow.com/

Smurfit Kappa thinks ‘outside the box’ with interactive POS

Innovative Absolut 3D display units printed on Inca Onset flatbed printer

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5th August 2014 – Smurfit Kappa, leading supplier of packaging solutions in Ireland, was commissioned by Irish Distillers to design and produce an eye-catching in-store display for its 1L Absolut Vodka.

The design had to incorporate the company’s new phone and tablet app for customers to discover 500 drinks recipes featuring the product on offer. Retail shoppers today favour a visual and interactive experience when they visit a store and innovative POS not only attracts customers and enables them to interact but also persuades them to buy.

The challenge was to design and build a high-quality, illuminated construction with an integrated touch screen that was compact enough to fit into any retail store but still create an impact and attract attention. Using Smurfit Kappa’s 3D design solution, its designers created a full prototype before going into production.

The unique units were constructed using 16mm re-board printed on an Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV inkjet printer. The six-colour printer produces superb quality display graphics economically at throughput speeds of up to 560 sqm/hr, equivalent to 112 full bed sheets/hr (3.14 x 1.6m) and onto substrates up to 50mm (2 in) thick.

The completed units featured built-in coloured LED strip lighting to illuminate the product, with all the wires hidden in the back panels, and a touch screen tablet incorporated into the head board, fully loaded with the new product app.

Simon Kelly, Design Supervisor, Smurfit Kappa says: “This brief really inspired us to think outside of the box and design a unique and innovative display unit that met all the client’s requirements. We were delighted with the results and the client was very happy – the displays drew attention to the new app, which helped increase product sales.”

Smurfit Kappa’s efforts on this project were also rewarded with an Inca IDEAs award for its entry in the Interactive Display category. Judge commented: “Good use of print, materials, lighting and a tablet.”

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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

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 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

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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.  

Contact

Divya Vinekar,

Email: divya@inkjetforumindia.com    

Web: www.inkjetforumindia.com

Inspirational Inca Digital Summit explores the ‘Bigger Picture’

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Industry game-changers examine innovative trends and opportunities for Inca users during FESPA in Munich

 

29th April 2014 – The first Inca Digital Summit for Inca’s global users takes place on 20th May, the first day of FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich. The event features industry game changers investigating the trends and opportunities facing print companies today.

The Inca Summit is a half day event comprising thought-provoking conference sessions, interactive discussions and quality networking opportunities. Chaired by print technology specialist John Charnock, the Summit speakers are leading print professionals, brand owners and agencies who will provide Inca users with high-level strategic information and inspiration.

Session One: Future Developments: This session looks at how inkjet printing is impacting a wide range of markets, with a focus on some of the innovative, value-added applications that are possible. Then Mark Clews of Inspired Thinking Group lifts the lid on what’s driving leading brand’s marketing strategies today and the changing role of print.

Session Two: Market Trends and Opportunities: This session includes Till Schutte, The Coca Cola Company, looking at the power of personalisation and the Coca Cola ‘Share a Coke’ campaign in particular; Francesca Selby, Papergraphics, investigating digital printing for interior design and home décor applications; and Chris Jones, Novalia, discussing the opportunities of interactive print with printed electronics.

For more information about, and to register for, the Inca Digital Print Summit at the Bayerisher Hof Hotel, Munich, on 20th May 2014 visit:http://www.incadigital.com/summit/

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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 and Spyder range ensure 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 clean rooms for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 25% 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