Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OKI Data Americas introduces narrow format digital color label printing and finishing system for short-run applications

OKI Data Americas announces availability of the new C711DW and HS711DLF – a high-quality digital color label printer and finishing system for short-run commercial applications. Together, these devices create full color finished labels on-demand and with ease, incorporating digital die cutting and film lamination to deliver a complete, cost-effective, digital label printing production system. With this extension of its web printing platform, OKI Data continues to introduce game-changing commercial printing solutions to the marketplace.

The C711DW utilizes award-winning OKI LED printing technology which is renowned for its print quality and reliability, in addition to OKI label management software from HYBRID Software as a front-end solution. It prints at up to 25 feet per minute in continuous feed mode, and handles a variety of media including paper, polyester, vinyl and adhesive-backed substrates at widths of 6.5 to 8.5 inches and a maximum outside roll diameter of 14 inches on a three inch core to meet a wide array of label printing needs. This complete, short-run label printing system is offered at a fraction of the cost of other digital presses.

“The addition of our new C711DW narrow format web system solidifies OKI’s position as a leader and an innovator in digital color printing technologies, and underscores our commitment to meeting emerging demands within the graphic arts and commercial printing space,” said Rich Egert, General Manager of the Strategic Technology Provider Business Group for OKI Data Americas “OKI Data continues to expand its footprint and gain market share by offering innovative and cost-effective digital color printing solutions like the C711DW.”

The C711DW is part of the impressive OKI proColor Series – a line of high impact digital color printers that serves the graphic arts, production, specialty printing and imaging technologies industries. The OKI proColor Series of commercial grade digital color printers delivers professional, production-quality color output and color accuracy powered by industry leading raster image processing (RIP) solutions from Global Graphics Software and EFI on select models. All are revolutionizing digital printing within their respective product categories.

OKI Data products are built on parent company OKI Data Corporation’s history of leadership and innovation. Most of OKI Data’s color printing solutions feature Single Pass Color as well as proprietary digital LED and HD Color technologies. These technologies allow OKI Data Americas to manufacture products that require fewer moving parts for increased reliability and outstanding color output quality.

Heidelberg concludes acquisition of Gallus Holding AG

The full acquisition of Gallus Holding AG as resolved by the Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in June 2014 has now been completed. As part of the transaction Ferd. Rüesch AG has been granted 23,000,000 new Heidelberg shares at a face value of € 2.70. By issuing the new shares, the share capital of the company will be increased by € 58,880,000.00 to € 659,040,714.24, divided into 257,437,779 no-par value bearer shares.

The complete takeover of Gallus Holding AG accelerates the development and usage of digital products from Heidelberg in the growing labels sector. Heidelberg and Gallus will be unveiling a new digital printing system for the label market that incorporates Fujifilm technology at an international customer event in St. Gallen at the end of September. This solution is designed to meet the growing demand for a cost-effective production of short runs and customized labels. With this move, Heidelberg is consistently implementing efforts to expand its digital business based on partnerships with renowned manufacturers such as Ricoh and Fujifilm.

By acquiring approximately 9 percent of Heidelberg shares in consideration for the Gallus stake, Ferdinand Rüesch will also become a new strategic anchor investor of the company. At the same time, Heidelberg is strengthening its capital structure, which will support the company's strategic reorientation.

Creative Graphics achieves Esko HD Flexo Certification

Creative Graphics, one of India’s biggest and fastest growing flexo prepress and trade platemaking businesses based in Noida in the Delhi National Capital Region, has entered the top rung of flexo platemaking. The company’s drive for technological excellence culminated with its recent absorption of the Esko HD Flexo technology and ultimately, Esko HD Flexo Certification. On Friday 25 July 2014, Mr. Srihari Rao, Sales Director of Esko India, presented the HD Flexo Certification personally to Creative Graphics proprietor Mr. Deepanshu Goel at the company’s premises in Noida.

Mr. Srihari Rao said, “I am extremely pleased at Creative Graphics success in achieving Esko HD Flexo Certification which gives flexo printers in India an opportunity to match the best quality in flexographic print to be found anywhere in the world. Apart from this global benchmarking, I'm impressed by the high volume of production that Mr. Deepanshu Goel and Creative are delivering to printers and converters.”

Mr. Deepanshu Goel explains that his company is a long-time user of Esko packaging software including DeskPack, Plato and FlexRip, which successfully expanded its operations in the last two years with the addition of a large format CDI Spark 4260 output device for producing the highest quality flexographic plates. The company is a leading flexo plate supplier to the copybook, corrugated carton, flexible packaging and label industry in the country and with a second plant in Hyderabad, the only multi-location flexographic trade operation in the country.

The Esko HD Flexo certification process entailed qualifying plates and creating appropriate screen sets based on customers’ presses and conditions. Mr. Deepanshu Goel says, “We have invested in calibration, training and testing in this certification process, including the examination of test prints and ultimately the examination of running production prints by Esko’s experts.”

The advantages of Esko HD Flexo
Mr. Deepanshu Goel explains some of the advantages of Esko HD Flexo for his flexo plate customers. “Plates made with Esko HD Flexo allow better ink coverage in shadows, improving solid densities and eliminating pinholes while also providing softer vignettes,” says Mr. Deepanshu Goel. “The improved surface texture of the dots themselves, allow the use of a single anilox roller even with halftones on the same plate that use a variety of screen rulings. In addition, our HD Flexo plates are more robust and since they require less pressure for achieving a better layer of ink transfer they are able to produce longer print runs with exceptional quality.”

Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy Gokulashtami to all...


Mark Andy appoints Chief Technology Officer

Jaren Marler
Mark Andy Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Jaren Marler as Chief Technology Officer. Marler is an accomplished leader with impressive credentials as an innovator for inkjet print heads and web handling and brings to Mark Andy extensive digital printing experience from industry leading organizations. This promotion supports Mark Andy’s continued advancement of their Digital Series technology, which has brought a progressive, hybrid digital ink jet printing platform to narrow web label and packaging markets.

Prior to joining Mark Andy, Marler and his team developed and commercialized the world’s fastest digital print technology for commercial printing markets. He enters his new position equipped with strong leadership qualities, a passion for creativity, and an eye for innovation. His leadership has already been an influential asset to Mark Andy’s engineering efforts demonstrating results with the development and launch of the Mark Andy Digital Series, the most productive digital solution available to label and package printers.

Kevin Wilken, CEO of Mark Andy Inc. commented, “I am very excited to have Jaren lead the engineering and R&D efforts for Mark Andy, as we now represent the two most relevant print technologies for the label and packaging markets, flexo and digital. This combination provides every converter the opportunity to pick which ever technology provides them the most profits depending on their specific needs. It’s an incredibly exciting time to have Jaren lead Mark Andy’s digital initiative as well as help guide our entire company through an important transformation. We are confident that he will bring a fresh, inventive vision to the role, supporting our commitment worldwide to provide technology and solutions that focus directly on converter profitability and success.”

Xante earns patent for breakthrough spot color matching technology

Xante was recently issued a Federal Patent (No. 8,743,421) for their Right-On Spot Color Matching Technology nested within the iQueue workflow software. Right-On utilizes a unique visual comparison that allows users to match critical spot colors with amazing accuracy, even when printing on colored stocks. Right-On not only allows for more accurate PANTONE® color matches, but Right-On takes this a step further and allows for accurate matching of virtually any spot color.

Other tools within iQueue's intuitive workflow interface include: Job Cost Estimating, Full Imposition, Variable Data with Intelligent Mail Barcodes, QR Code Generator, Barcode Generator, Spot Color Creator and much more. These powerful tools give print shops a competitive edge by getting files on press faster, on a wider range of stocks with quick turnaround and increased profits. Xante's engineering team is dedicated to creating products and software with the customer in mind.

Xante has earned several other patents that improve image quality and stability. Xante has worked hard over the years through intense research and development to create and patent these features that ultimately benefits their customers.

GPA announces new specialty foil boards for offset presses

GPA proudly announces the addition of Mirri and MirriNor Boards to their collection of specialty substrates for offset presses. These substrates have a high quality metallic film surface engineered for superior printability, which adds dimension and value to any project for truly stunning printed pieces. Now, by just using your existing inks, you can create a shimmering palette of colors for endless creative special effects.

The 12 pt. Silver and Gold Mirri Boards have a super glossy mirror finish, and are laminated to a premium cast-coated board. The 28 pt. Silver MirriNor Board is backed with the patented “T-Flute” micro-fluted corrugated board to provide robust strength at a light weight. Mirri and MirriNor boards add life and radiance to any project – they are excellent for creating packaging, tags, invitations, greeting cards, certificates, menus, business cards, catalog covers, tickets, and more. MirriNor is a unique substrate with no equal in the marketplace; its superior strength makes it especially suited for premium packaging and dazzling display graphics that get noticed.

To provide maximum application versatility, these premium boards are compatible with a variety of finishing processes including laminating, die cutting, scoring, gluing, folding, UV coating, embossing and debossing. Mirri Boards are stocked in 12 pt. silver and gold colors in 39.3” x 27.5” sheets, and MirriNor is available in 28 pt. silver in a 39.3” x 27.5” sheet size. These new items complement GPA’s existing offering of Mirri Boards for HP Indigo presses to provide a broad range of solutions for a variety of different pressrooms. Additional colors and sizes are also available; contact GPA for more options.

Flint Group exhibits at Labelexpo Americas 2014 : Experts on hand to answer questions on all narrow web printing applications

Flint Group is a dedicated, premier supplier to the printing and packaging industries.  With products ranging from sleeves, adapters and flexographic printing plates to a comprehensive portfolio of narrow web label and packaging inks, Flint Group has the solution to meet today’s challenges in the world of label printing.  Flint Group Flexographic Products and Flint Group Narrow Web will jointly display their most recent innovations for you to experience at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas September 9 - 11 in Rosemont, IL.  Come talk to an expert – Flint Group will help you make a success of your most challenging print application!

Flint Group Flexographic Products division will feature the following innovations:

nyloflex ACE UP Digital and nyloflexACE Digital printing plates exhibiting long run life and excellent stability for printing with water, solvent or UV flexo inks.

rotec High Speed Sleeve with a specialized design for high speed press performance while reducing bounce-induced skipping – the perfect choice for your most difficult graphics.

rotec Label Sleeve with increased dimensional stability and excellent edge stability for all of your narrow and mid web printing requirements.

FlexoToolbox App for iPhone and Android devices, an interactive collection of tools to assist printers with flexo prepress operations, plate making and process control.   With a myriad of other helpful functions, plate making will never be the same! 

Flint Group Narrow Web division will introduce the following developments:

EkoCure products to include metallic inks, UV Shrink Whites, UV Rotary Screen colors, EkoCure Ivory and Ebony, and a wide range of coatings and adhesives.

EkoCure Ancora, UV flexo low migration inks for narrow web package printing. While UV LED may be seen as technology of the future, Flint Group encourages printers to learn why this is truly a game changing development for all printers.

CombiWhite X2, a new range of rotary screen opaque white inks, addressing a wide range of requirements identified by leading printers, designed for the ultimate combination print.

Water-based film inks and new low migration technologies, suitable for flexible packaging applications to enable printers to push the boundaries and enter into new markets!

Come to the Speakers’ Corner in the Flint Group stand to hear presentations on the latest technologies and sustainable solutions for narrow web printing.  Topics will cover UV LED, food packaging, sustainability, and productivity improvements for printers, as well as prepress plate makers. 

During Flint Group’s “Ask the Experts” sessions, a panel of professionals with expertise across the inks, plates and sleeves technologies will hold open conversations covering key topics of interest.  Visitors are encouraged to engage in open discussions with the panelists. 

For the widest selection of inks and coatings, plates and sleeves for the narrow web market, visit Flint Group at stand # 840, where you’re sure to be inspired by innovative ideas and educational tools designed to guide you on your journey into the growing markets and technologies of the future!

Tresu Group exhibits iCoat coating system for digital folding carton presses at Graph Expo/CPP 2014

Tresu Group, the global supplier of flexo  technology, exhibits its iCoat system for digital sheet-fed folding carton printing lines at the HP Booth (No. 1913), at Graph Expo /CPP 2014 (28 September - 1 October, Chicago, USA).

The Tresu iCoat coating system has been adapted especially for HP Indigo 10000 and HP Indigo 30000 presses. Together, the Tresu and HP Indigo systems offer a complete folding carton production line - for printing, full surface or selective coating and stacking.  Offset-equivalent finishing effects are possible, with industry-standard UV or aqueous varnishes.

Christian Matzen, Vice President, Tresu DigitalSolutions, comments: “The Tresu iCoat coater, combined with HP Indigo digital technology, provides a productive, single-pass and competitive solution for eye-catching carton packaging, featuring offset-equivalent finishing effects, in shorter production runs.”