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Inkjet Forum India announces joint venture collaboration with leading Mumbai based publisher Colour Publications.

Based in Mumbai, Inkjet Forum India has established a series of successful seminars, conferences and exhibitions in India on diverse subjects such as Digital Textile Printing, Industrial Inkjet Printing, Additive manufacturing and other applications. They also provide Be-spoke consulting and market research services to the various stakeholders of the inkjet industry. Inkjet Forum India announces joint venture collaboration with Colour Publications to form CNT (Catalysing New Technologies) Expositions and Services LLP.

“We are very pleased to announce this collaboration with Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd. to form CNT” adds Aditya Chandavarkar, Founder – Inkjet Forum India, “This collaboration will help us to leverage our market leading domain expertise and industry experience on a larger platform. It will also benefit us to draw into more than 6 decades of media and technical expertise at Colour Publications to reach out to the relevant mainstream industries in a comprehensive manner. This would in-turn also allow us to bring to the market more innovative conferences and technical seminars to develop and support the inkjet printing and additive manufacturing technology in India. We felt the need to infuse some new thoughts and minds into the same, and also take the inorganic growth path where needed to achieve our goals.” Under the new arrangement, Inkjet Forum India now stands acquired by CNT, and will conduct its activities under the auspices of CNT, guided by CNT’s vision and principles.

Dilip Raghavan, MD of Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd, adds “Aditya Chandavarkar brings with him about 8 years of experience in business analysis, printing expertise and his expertise of creating Inkjet Forum India, which is the only platform in India for inkjet printing technology. It also gives us an immediate footprint and a quick market access in this specific area of Inkjet Printing. It gives us 5 years of assimilated experience, industry contacts and domain knowledge. Our core identity and expertise at Colour Publications gives us the downstream industry penetration where we could help the industry and technology grow in a sustainable and healthy manner”

The new engagement begins without any further ado and is already on track. CNT will develop and organise two diverse events – Inside 3D Printing Mumbai (I3DP) 2016 and Inkjet India 2016 focussed on additive manufacturing and digital textile printing respectively.

Inkjet India 2016 – Digital Textile Conference is to be held in Mumbai on 7th December 2016, during the INDIA-ITME Event to allow delegates from across the country and also overseas to be a part of the same. This would be a one-day conference with theme displays and technology showcases from across the digital textile printing supply chain. We already have leading technology players signed up for the same.

I3DP Mumbai Expo and Conference moving into its second year after a successful launch last year will be held on 1st and 2nd December 2016 at the Nehru Centre. I3DP Mumbai will feature two days of conference sessions led by top industry experts, and two days of exhibitions presenting the latest 3D printers and services. Session topics will explore the ways to apply additive manufacturing to meet industrial and commercial needs in various industries including rapid prototyping, product development, medicine, automotive, technology, software, and more.

We remain optimistic that this combination of Inkjet Forum India and Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd. will help us move to the next level in terms of our service to the industry and genuinely do something to shore up these sectors and enhance the knowledge imparted to the industry therein. We seek the active involvement of the industry and also your feedback on areas where we could serve you better. We are firmly here to stay!

For further information, please contact:

Aditya Chandavarkar

Founder & CEO

Inkjet Forum India

aditya@inkjetforumindia.com

+91 9869441285

Dilip Raghavan

Managing Director

Colour Publications Pvt. Ltd.

raghavan.editor@gmail.com

+91 9820469582

 

 

 

                                   

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.

InPrint 2015 Conference

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.

Marabu at InPrint – Made-to-Measure Printing Inks for Industrial Applications

Tamm, Germany, 29 September 2015 – In Munich, the InPrint 2015 is going into a second round focusing on printing technology for industrial applications. Thanks to years of experience in manufacturing printing inks, Marabu (hall A6, stand D21) has gathered extensive expertise in developing made-to-measure solutions in this space. From functional and decorative liquid coatings to UV-curable, solvent- and water-based inks, Marabu will display the versatility of industrial applications and respective benefits of screen, pad, and digital printing – beyond conventional graphic applications.

Industrial printing – Tailored solutions for manufacturing processes

In contrast to graphic applications, industrial printing is performed during manufacturing – that is, it forms a stage within the process. This type of printing presents unique challenges in terms of the huge variety and complexity of the forms, substrates and surface finishes involved. Thanks to a broad portfolio and in-depth expertise, Marabu can create tailored solutions. Whether printing on metal, plastics, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood or other materials, Marabu’s inks for industrial scenarios are developed in line with a clearly defined, customer-specific requirements profile. This takes into account the properties of the substrate, the type of application, and the qualities of the finished printed product. It is possible to control the ink’s characteristics right from the start, for example resistance to chemicals and mechanical strain, light fastness, opacity, gloss, colour brilliance and odour – in addition to its compatibility with downstream processes such as bending, machining, welding, or moulding. The result is a solution designed to work perfectly with the printing system, giving customers an edge over the competition. As a development partner, Marabu can identify new printing options and highlight innovative solutions for manufacturing. Plus, it can reengineer existing printing processes to maximise production efficiency.

Automotive – New hybrid protection coatings for the automotive segment

IMD (in-mould decoration) or FIM (film insert moulding) processes require a high degree of temperature resistance and flexibility. In addition, the final product must be extremely durable and resistant to chemicals. Mara® Cure HY is a mouldable, and abrasion- and chemical-resistant dual-cure screen printing varnish. It can also be used as a protective hard-coat for films made from PC, PMMA or ABS, which are more susceptible to abrasion. Using the varnish, different degrees of gloss are possible. The glossy varnish can be used for glossy effects on matt surfaces, or vice versa, create matt effects on glossy surfaces with the satin transparent varnish. The hybrid coating is particularly suitable for indoor and outdoor industrial applications such as interior and exterior applications in the automotive segment or furniture.

Membrane switches – New combination of screen and digital printing

Membrane switches and keyboards – an integral part of many electronic control units – also place specific requirements on the printing process. Marabu offers solvent-based or UV-curable ink systems for all common makes of film. Ultra Switch UVSW, for example, cures rapidly and does not clog the mesh screen. What’s more, the ink film manages to combine incredible elasticity with excellent adhesion between the individual layers. Moreover, Marabu will present a new package for membrane switches that combines the advantages of screen and digital printing technology. The design can be printed with the Ultra Jet DUV-A in CMYK colour mode directly onto the foil without a time-consuming pre-press process. Only the white barrier layer is screen printed. This combination makes the production faster, easily customizable and cost-effective.

Technical markings – Safety and durability

Technical markings on audio, electrical, and household products must be resilient in the face of heat, exposure to chemicals and general wear and tear. Marabu’s exceptionally durable screen and pad printing inks deliver on all counts – and integrating them into production processes couldn’t be easier. For applications where tactile quality and high coverage are of the essence, Marabu’s solvent-based or UV-curable screen printing inks stand out from the crowd. With pad printing, intricate details and complex colour effects can be achieved on substrates as diverse as ABS, polyamide, POM, varnished surfaces or metals. Moreover, when printing on medical devices, inks must comply with standards, plus, they must be durable enough to withstand sterilisation products and processes. In addition, it must be ensured that no ink ingredients make their way into the human body. Marabu’s pad printing solutions meet these requirements and are perfect not only for medical products such as syringes but also for marking or decorating glasses or hearing aids.

Printing on packaging – Customized, high-quality, efficient

Marabu’s screen and pad printing inks can be used to create unique designs on packaging of all shapes and sizes. The new Ultra Pack LEDC is a LED-curable screen printing ink which delivers excellent results in terms of adhesion, opacity, degree of gloss, and reactivity. It is suitable for container printing and flatbed label applications. The good opacity works especially for full area prints or text.

For printing on PET bottle closures, pad printing ink Tampa® RotaSpeed TPRS or the halogen-free TPHF deliver efficient, cost-effective results for rotary systems. High adhesion and rapid drying mean seamless production processes and finished products that are scratch-resistant, even when packaged in bulk.

Inkjet printing directly onto PET or glass bottles opens the door to completely new possibilities in packaging designs. Depending on system configuration, it is possible to complete smaller custom jobs or large-volume production runs at very hi
gh speeds.

Functional inks and coatings – Providing support and enhancing performance 

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nks with extra-long glow time, to primers for substrates with very poor surface properties. For screen, pad and digital printing, Marabu offers a range of these inks in multiple shades, which perform specific functions or enhance the performance of certain materials. They can be injected, sprayed, or applied using roller coating technology.

Digital printing for decorative surface finishing

Digital printing for industrial applications is absolutely on the rise. Digital printing ensures fully reproducible results and makes it possible to frequently switch designs from project to project, without the need for costly and time-consuming machine changeover. Whether printing on metal, glass, textile, wood, plastic, or melamine, Marabu offers and develops customized and perfectly matched inkjet solutions. Mara® Shield liquid coatings can be used as primers, for finishing, as a protective coating for high-quality digital prints, or, in the UV-CGL shades, for colouring large glass surfaces. Kitchen and furniture manufacturers can choose from a wide variety of shades, and are able to offer their customers specific colours from the Pantone, RAL, HKS, etc. systems. The glossy, water-based Mara® Shield WA-FXG liquid coatings are especially suited for coating inkjet prints on flexible substrates like fleet graphics and self-adhesive foils, but they can also be used as a protective coating of truck tarpaulins. Furtherpossibilities for inkjet inks include photo-realistic prints on windows or glass countertops. Plus, digital printing with the UV-curable Ultra Jet ink series can be used to produce a high-end wood-look effect for furniture, doors, floors, or panels.

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Marabu GmbH & Co. KG

Marabu is a leading global manufacturer of screen, digital, and pad inks. 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 over more than 60 years, featuring many industry-first solutions for both industrial applications and graphic design. With its 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.

Now Available to Order: Free InPrint Show Preview with Full On-site Conference Programme and New InPrint White Paper on Growth Potential for Industrial Inkjet

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The comprehensive Show Preview for InPrint, from 10-12 November 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, is now available to order. A few days ahead of the start of online registration, the preview provides all relevant information on the specialised show for industrial print technology. In line with that, InPrint has also just released a new report on the growth potential of industrial inkjet.

InPrint 2015 will showcase the latest technologies, machinery & components, equipment, tools and services for printing on metal, plastics, foil, textile, glass, ceramics, wood and other substrates by using speciality, screen, digital, inkjet, 3D.

InPrint Show Review now available to order, including full conference programme with more than 60 sessions

The comprehensive and free show preview can now be ordered from the InPrint website as a PDF or a printed copy. It is an informative and motivational device in the run-up to the show, published in both German and English.

Apart from providing general information on the show as well as the exhibition profile and visitor profile, it contains up-to-date short profiles of the InPrint exhibitors, including products and stand number as well as specialised articles on industrial print trends, market developments and forecasts by experts from industry and research. Rounding off the content are show highlights such as the full three-day conference programme held alongside the show. More than 60 sessions will take place in the two theatres “Conference Stage” and “InPrint Forum”. Renowned industry experts, such as representatives from HP, Heidelberg and University of Sheffield, will focus on trends and key areas of development in functional, decorative and packaging printing. The updated conference programme can be found under the menu item “conference” on the InPrint-website.

The free digital show preview, as well as the printed copy, is available to order from the InPrint website by filling in the information request form in the visitor area. Here, visitors can also activate other services, such as delivery of the visitor brochure and newsletter or a registration reminder.

New White Paper by I.T. Strategies forecasts 36% growth for industrial inkjet

The new free white paper “What is the Future of Digital Industrial Print”, written by Mark Hanley of I.T. Strategies on behalf of InPrint, is now available to order from the InPrint website as a free PDF. Figures and insight related to recent trends and developments show that industrial digital and inkjet printing continue to gain momentum with accelerated growth forecast of 36% (cumulative average) between 2014 and 2020. The analysis in the report demonstrates that as demand for inkjet continues to develop and mature, its adoption within industrial print markets is set to accelerate. In addition, the report outlines key sectors for growth and sector analysis, such as various flooring markets. The White Paper is part of the InPrint show programme of ‘Leading the Future of Industrial Print’ for developing industrial print and the exhibition. The white paper author, I.T. Strategies’ founder Mark Hanley, will introduce the report in his keynote, at 10.30 am on Tuesday, 10 November, opening the three-day InPrint conference that comprises more than 60 sessions. I.T. Strategies is a Boston-based custom consultancy house serving the digital print vendor community. InPrint Show Co-Founder Marcus Timson comments, “The cumulative average growth rate is now estimated by I.T. Strategies to be 36% between 2014 and 2020, representing an increased adjustment based upon 2013. However, the report also shows that there are significant challenges which digital and inkjet must overcome within various manufacturing sectors in order to become accepted as future technologies.“

Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder, concludes, “The findings from the report really serve to support the fact that InPrint is the perfect event for those within the manufacturing and print technology sectors coming together to solve problems and collaborate. Here, they can create customised print technologies for industrial manufacture. This report is just a part of our continued commitment to share insight back into the growing industrial print community.”

Further information regarding InPrint 2015 is available at www.inprintshow.com.

InPrint – The specialised show exclusively for industrial printing technology
InPrint 2015 awaits around 150 exhibitors from 10 to 12 November 2015 in hall A6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, co-located with productronica. The specialised InPrint show is a platform for state-of-the-art functional and decorative printing in industrial production, including speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D technologies. InPrint is characterised by offering high level expertise and unique, cutting-edge technology, product launches and showcases from leading brands in the field of industrial print solutions. The show addresses experts from all manufacturing sectors who are looking for customised, commonly created systematic solutions to generate new revenue in industrial manufacturing.
The InPrint show was founded in 2014, exclusively targeted to industrial print, a trend-setting sector within the printing industry. InPrint 2014 attracted some 110 international exhibitors and 6,995 visitors from 63 countries and from a wide range of industries, of which 53% came from various manufacturing businesses.

XAAR CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF DIGITAL INKJET LEADERSHIP

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This year marks 25 years at the forefront of global inkjet technology for Xaar, the world-leader in industrial inkjet printheads.

Xaar began life in 1990 as four people in a small office on Cambridge Science Park. Their goal was to develop and commercialise the digital inkjet print technology arising out of work done by Cambridge Consultants.  Today the company employs over 600 people worldwide, based at three buildings on the Science Park, at state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon and Järfälla, Sweden, and in offices in Hong Kong, India and the US.

Over the last 25 years Xaar has proved itself to be an inkjet innovator many times. The company’s Xaar 128 printhead transformed the wide-format printing industry 20 years ago; even today Xaar technology still drives approximately 75% of the wide-format printers in use.  In 2007, Xaar launched its revolutionary Xaar 1001 that has since transformed the ceramic tile decoration industry, bringing many benefits to tile manufacturers all over the world, including reduced costs and a vastly expanded range of creative tile design effects. More recently, Xaar expanded its focus into other significant marketing sectors, including direct-to-shape packaging printing and the hi-tech world of Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and nanoimprint lithography, a process used to manufacture silicon wafers.

To mark its 25th anniversary Xaar is organising a programme of events during the summer and autumn.  In line with the company’s record of supporting local and national charities, it includes a number of company-wide charity challenges, starting with a 26-strong Xaar team undertaking a 60-mile London to Cambridge Bike Ride to raise over £2,000 for Breast Cancer Now, Other challenges planned are the Chariots of Fire relay race in September (for East Anglia Children’s Hospice) and October’s the Byte Night sleep-out in aid of Action for Children.  Richard Barham, Xaar’s Chief Customer Officer, believes building the celebrations around charity events says a lot about Xaar as a company.  “We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 25 years, but we know we couldn’t have done it without the advantages that come with being in Cambridge — not only our people but also the superb high-technology support infrastructure that’s in place.  By linking our anniversary celebration with support for these charities we are giving something back while also showing that we remain an energetic company with a strong drive to succeed.”

For more information about the charities supported through Xaar’s 25th anniversary celebrations see their websites:

Breast Cancer Now: http://breastcancernow.org/

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices: http://www.each.org.uk/

Action for Children: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

XAAR LAUNCHES ‘LARGER DROP’ XAAR 1002 GS12 PRINTHEAD FOR UV APPLICATIONS

Xaar, the world’s leading inkjet technology specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of the Xaar 1002 GS12U printhead, its first larger drop printhead for UV applications.

This new versatile and productive printhead extends the Xaar 1002 family of printheads, and gives the UV inkjet printing market a choice of printheads to suit specific applications. The greyscale Xaar 1002 GS12 jets drop volumes from 12-84pL, enabling a range of drop sizes to be printed with a single printhead. The large-drop capability of this flexible printhead, combined with Xaar’s patented TF Technology™ ink recirculation, makes it ideal for printing high-build spot varnishes and extra-opaque whites onto labels and direct-to-shape packaging (in both horizontal and vertical printing modes). In fact, no other printhead on the market today can match the high level of opacity and production reliability achieved by the Xaar 1002 GS12 in a single pass without resorting to multiple print bars.

The Xaar 1002 GS12 complements the Xaar 1002 GS6 (6-42pL) variant for UV applications, launched last year, which is designed for applications where high-resolution text and images with smooth tones are important. Like the GS6, the GS12 delivers exceptional print quality and reliability to manufacturers of UV printers worldwide. It is a highly versatile printhead and enables a choice of speed depending on the application without compromising on quality e.g. high ink volume at high speed or lower ink volume at super-fast production speeds.

“We have worked closely with our OEM partners to develop the Xaar 1002 GS12 to meet growing market demands for a flexible printhead that can deliver high build varnish and the ultimate in opaque whites quickly and consistently,” says Richard Barham, Sales and Marketing Director, Xaar. “Although new to the UV market, this printhead is based on our highly-successful Xaar 1002 GS12 ceramics printhead which is well proven and now used by the majority of the ceramic tile digital decoration industry today.”

Systems featuring the new Xaar 1002 GS12 printhead for UV applications are available now from a number of Original Equipment Manufacturers including Autobond (digital spot varnish applications) and Till (high opacity white for direct-to-shape applications).

Durst sets up Joint Venture for Ink Production in India

Durst, the specialist for industrial inkjet applications is continuing its internationalization efforts with a joint venture in India.

The new enterprise VetroCER Ltd. is based in Greater Noida (New Delhi) and was set up together with the local sales partner CERADECOR. Durst and CERADECOR can look back on three successful years of cooperation on the Indian market. Together they have installed in excess of 40 Durst Gamma Ceramic Printers and provide a service structure with 18 employees. With VetroCER Ltd., this partnership is now taken to a new level and will include an additional Durst segment: The Durst Industrial Inkjet Application segment offers industrial inkjet printer systems for the decoration of glass to expand the potential range of applications of glass as an element for architecture, the automotive industry, design studios and interior designers. Durst first presented the new Rho Vectrocer Glass Printer at the international trade fair Glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With this new printer, the print is processed with inorganic inks, produced by VetroCER Ltd. The ink formulation and quality control will be carried out by the ink lab of the Durst Research and Development Center in Lienz, Austria.

´We are very pleased to intensify our successful partnership with CERADECOR and the entrepreneurial family Verma,` says Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG. ´This joint venture demonstrates our mutual confidence to achieve our common business objectives together. CERADECOR supplies the required know-how for the ink production and has been working together with our research department for some time now. The combination of our competences for glass printing will once again result in a successful implementation of Durst’s feature single source concept.

Rho Vetrocer – Innovative Glass Printer with Inorganic Inks

In 2013, Durst founded the subsidiary Durst Industrial Inkjet Application GmbH for the adaptation of inkjet technologies for other industry sectors. With the launch of the Rho Vectrocer Glass Printer at the Glasstec 2014, the adaptation to glass media was complete. The foundation of the glass printer combines technological innovations from the other segments, which were subsequently further, developed and refined.

The Continuous Flow Technology from the Gamma Ceramics Printer Series for example, is a system that provides continuous ink circulation in the print heads to prevent sedimentation of inorganic pigment inks. For the new printer this was equipped with QSR print heads and optimized with an innovative Fluid Technology. The Rho Vetrocer ink consists of inorganic pigments, glass drip, dispersing- and carrier fluids. It was developed by the Durst research facilities in Lienz, Austria especially for printing on a glass medium. The ink is printed directly onto the glass without a base coat, where it will fuse permanently with the glass during the stoving process in the external furnace.

With the Rho Vectrocer and the inorganic inks, Durst enables a cost-effective and rapid print on glass facades, glass doors, furniture, room partitions, kitchen back drops, back drops for elevators or appliances without long set-up times.

Durst Phototechnik presents Inkjet India 2015 – Conference & Awards!

Durst Phototechnik presents the 5th Inkjet India 2015 which will be held at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference will present a powerful panel of industry experts including designers, technology providers, and representatives of textile companies, manufacturers of home textile & furnishing products. The conference will be accompanied with an awards night brought to you by Blue Jade with an objective to acknowledge excellence in digital textile printing. An esteemed line-up of judges who cover all of the major disciplines will make this the highest accolade for Digital Textile Print in India. The awards will be presented during the gala dinner on 26th February 2015.

While Sensient Imaging Technologies partners as a Premium Partner, Konica Minolta will partner as Technology Partner. This time, the company will feature a Design Textile Inspiration Zone that will inspire delegates to identify futuristic trends & design dynamics will also be featured at the conference. Attending the Inspiration zone will give the visitors the advantage of an exclusive inspiration report preview, design presentations & inspiration zone.

A series of hands-on Color Matching workshops will succeed the Conference & Awards. They will be held in Delhi, Surat & Mumbai respectively. This will comprise of precise color management for digital textile printing. The workshops will be one-on-one 1-day workshops on color management & profiling in multiple locations.

Inkjet Forum India will offer umpteen networking opportunities for delegates to network with experts, technology providers & digital printing houses. It will be a great opportunity for brands, designers & buying houses to network with the leading digital printing houses in Indian subcontinent. Delegates attending Inkjet India 2015 will get an opportunity to attend sessions like – Innovation in Digital Textile Printing, Digital Printing for Home Textiles, Industry Forum, Supplier Displays and Networking Sessions.

About Inkjet Forum India

Inkjet Forum India strives to lead the global printing industry towards innovation in Inkjet. Our online portal is focused on keeping the printing industry updated with the latest technological developments, innovative applications & market trends in the areas of digital textile printing, industrial printing, packaging, labeling and 3D printing.

Inkjet Forum India helps small, medium and large business houses from the worldwide inkjet industry to capture and increase their market share by providing cost effective and innovative brand promotion solutions for reaching to a focused target audience in the shortest time. We also organize the most comprehensive and informative conferences, seminars and courses for the inkjet industry which allures the key stakeholders of the industry.

matchmycolor and PACKZ partner to offer a complete color matching and packaging solution

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Companies offer seamless integration of best-of-class systems to build an exceptional packaging workflow

December 8th, 2014 — matchmycolor and PACKZ today announce that the companies have signed a partnership agreement to offer a seamless way to specify and manage brand colors within PACKZ packaging tools for their customers.

Both companies are technology leaders in the markets they serve, committed to delivering value-added solutions for their customers. They are healthy, successful companies with a range of small, medium and multi-national customers. Their expert R&D teams all listen to customer recommendations and market trends to provide innovative, best of class solutions in their areas of expertise:

PACKZ: Productivity tools for making designs print ready

PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software offers high performance editing and workflow tools based on native PDF to increase efficiency and communication in prepress for labels and packaging. Their customers are primarily brand service companies (PMAs), trade shops and printers.

matchmycolor: Color specification, monitoring and development of color recipes

matchmycolor provides state-of-the-art software tools to the color supply chain from design to supply of finished product. The company’s tools enable the specification and management of brand color standards; the feasibility, development and accurate dispensing of color recipes; and color monitoring and reporting on the quality of goods produced. Matchmycolor tools are suitable for a wide range of applications from graphic arts, packaging, inks, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramics. matchmycolor has also developed plugins for high-end color management software solutions—for example, for GMG OpenColor—for packaging proofing and color separations, allowing seamless communication of color data.

The companies are working very closely to combine the color specification and management software into one, interconnected packaging solution. The objective is to offer a way to connect and integrate the packaging supply chain to provide secure and scalable productivity from the design desk to the final product. Beyond seamlessly working between each other, the companies will be providing the tools to integrate to other systems, such as, order entry, ERP, and MIS.

The solution offered by the companies will offer an open and flexible system where users can choose the components that best fit their requirements. Customers can invest in the software tools and functionality that is best suited for them. The companies offer what customers most require: improved productivity with faster time to market,

The companies will offer cohesive, interactive support, with an easy way to contact each other immediately. If there is a problem, there will be a proactive service program in place, offering an overlap of technical competence—and the ability to provide a direct contact for either of the two companies.

matchmycolor and PACKZ are currently building the technical connectivity and support processes. Further product announcements from the partnership are expected in the near future.

About PACKZ

PACKZ offers productivity tools to make designs print ready. PACKZ Software contains a complete set of prepress-, editing- and quality assurance-functions, such as trapping, separation handling, barcode creation and recognition, dynamic creation of info panels, object based screening and many more. With its modern 64-bit architecture, running under OS-X and Windows, the native PDF-Editor ensures maximum performance and usability.  For more information, please visit www.packz.com.

Contact:
Christopher Graf
Ph. +49 761 70 776 710
christopherg@packz.com

About matchmycolor
Developed for the graphic arts, cosmetics, paints, plastics, fibers and ceramic industries, matchmycolor Colibri® software has been built up over more than 40 years, backed by the combined experience of scientists, mathematicians, industry experts, colorimetry specialists and highly skilled software engineers. These key partners help to ensure that matchmycolor processes and workflows fit industry requirements. To further enhance precision and efficiency in global color management, matchmycolor partnerships with market leaders now connect all participants in the color supply chain, including brand owners, designers, printers and converters.

matchmycolor state-of-the-art software is a one-platform solution for cloud, enterprise environments and single-client installations. Colibri® features advanced multi-flux color calculation models and can easily be connected to a wide range of measurement devices, dosing equipment, third-party software as well as mobile applications. The system is designed to ensure consistently accurate and efficient color matching and communication no matter what the application.

matchmycolor was founded in 2009 following a management buyout of the Colibri® color management business from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, now part of BASF. It brings together a unique offering of IT services and color know-how, resulting in new, advanced software solutions for a wide range of industries.

For more information, please visit www.matchmycolor.com

Contact:
Judy van de Langkruis
judy.vandelangkruis@matchmycolor.com
Ph. +41 61 524 00 20

 

Stratasys introduces new 3D Printing curriculum for vocational, college & university educators

Full-semester courses help prepare students worldwide

for careers being transformed by 3D printing 

Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – Dec. 3, 2014Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced a new 3D printing curriculum for educators. The full-semester, 14-week course is aimed to help prepare secondary and post-secondary students worldwide for careers being transformed by 3D printing.

Learning materials are free to educators and include a curriculum guide, supporting presentations, 3D models (STL files) and grading tools. Focused on academia community engagement, the content may be continuously refreshed with the help of participating educators.

“We notice a strong demand coming from the industry for a curriculum focusing on 3D printing,” says Shelly Linor, director of global education for Stratasys. “Educators around the world now have an opportunity to make a big impact by using and contributing to our curriculum. They will also be able to better prepare their students for future careers as 3D printing is becoming an intrinsic part of the design and manufacturing processes in leading companies,” Linor says.

The beginner course, Introduction to 3D Printing: From Design to Fabrication, explores 3D printing in terms of its history, established applications, forward-looking trends, and potential social and economic impacts. Through project-based learning, students will experience 3D printing’s impact on the design process firsthand. Centered on the course’s theme Make Something That Moves Something, a variety of projects guide students through the process of designing and 3D printing a fully functional moving part in a single build.

Students will become familiar with the advantages of various 3D printing technologies in terms of precision, resolution and material capabilities. While Stratasys recommends FDM andPolyJet 3D printing technologies for this course, any technology platform and any CAD software with STL support may be used.

Completion of the beginning course should enable graduates to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key historical factors that have shaped manufacturing over the centuries.
  • Explain current and emerging 3D printing applications in a variety of industries.
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of the main 3D printing technologies.
  • Evaluate real-life scenarios, and recommend the appropriate use of 3D printing technology.
  • Identify opportunities to apply 3D printing technology for time and cost reduction.
  • Discuss the economic implications of 3D printing, including its impact on startup businesses and supply chains.
  • Design and print objects containing moving parts without assembly.

Stratasys plans to add two sequential advanced courses under the theme “Something That Moves Something.” These courses will cover material memory, multi-material use and 3D printing for robotics applications.

Schools in Singapore and the U.S. have led the process of implementing Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “The introductory material on 3D printing that Stratasys offers, from the slide presentations to the videos, were impressive,” says Ms. Chee Feng Ping, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. “The students enjoy the hands-on activities especially the design process with 3D printing.”

Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston also uses Stratasys’ 3D printing curriculum. “There are going to be many instructors out there who would love to teach a course in 3D printing but who simply do not have enough time to do the detailed research and to prepare professional level presentations,” says Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak. “Stratasys has now made it much easier for any instructor to offer a college level course on the subject.”

Learn more about the courses, specific details or to download free materials, by visiting the Stratasys Educational Curriculum page. 

 

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™ and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com