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Sign & Digital UK 2016 – Printers

Sign & Digital UK 2016 – Printers

Be sure with Epson

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On Stand K30, Epson will demonstrate three new 64-inch SureColor SC-S large-format printers, the 10-colour SC-S80600, the high-speed CMYK x 2 SC-S60600 and the four-colour SC-S40600 platforms, all of which use Epson’s new UltraChrome GS3 ink set.

Also on display will be Epson’s super-fast aqueous-based SureColor SC-P20000 printer. Key design features include Epson’s new permanent PrecisionCore Micro TFP printhead and the UltraChrome Pro 10-colour ink set. For the digital textile printing sector, Epson will be demonstrating the SureColor SC-F9200 and SC-F6200 dye-sublimation printers.

Completing the Epson presence will be the 36-inch four-colour SureColor SC-T5200MFP large-format printer with colour scanner and copy facility.

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New Mimaki and MTEX solutions form Hybrid

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As the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Mimaki, Hybrid Services (Stand E10) will be using the occasion of the show to introduce a host of new printers.

These will include the new Mimaki UJF-715Iplus LED UV industrial-grade flatbed printer, which will be making its debut at the show, together with Mimaki’s CJV150 range of printer/cutters.

A mid-format flatbed printer that features exceptionally detailed output coupled with low running costs, the UJF-7151 features a 710x510mm bed size and industrial construction to ensure high print quality, which makes it especially appealing to screenprinters looking for a digital printing solution.

Also on display will be the MTEX Blue all-in-one dye-sublimation printer for digital textile printing and soft signage applications. Based on Mimaki engineering expertise, it offers a solution that incorporates fixation, thus enabling users to print and cure dye-sublimation inks onto polyester in a single process.

However, the star of the stand is anticipated to be the new Mimaki UJV55-320 roll-to-roll LED UV printer, which created such a stir when it was recently debuted at FESPA Digital.  Combining a retail price of £59,995.00 with a host of innovative features, such as the option to run two narrower rolls concurrently and an inline lightbox for checking the efficacy of backlit output in situ, it uses Mimaki’s latest flexible LED UV inkset to produce banners, backlit and point of sale graphics up to 3.2 metres wide and can also process roll media up to 100kg in weight.  In addition, the LED curing technology offers lower running costs.

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Driving top-line growth with Roland technology

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On Stand H30, Roland DG will be demonstrating its impressive range of digital printing solutions, while also providing an opportunity for print professionals to learn how they can drive top-line business growth using Roland’s renowned technology and expertise.

One of the undoubted stand highlights will be the latest addition to the company’s VersaUV series of UV LED flatbed inkjet printers, the LEF-300, which will be shown for the first time.  Billed as Roland’s largest, fastest and most productive desktop flatbed UV printer to date, its key design features include a 770mm-wide printing area, four printheads, two UV-LED lamps for fast bi-directional direct printing, a vacuum table and Roland’s VersaWorks Dual RIP software.

Also on show will be the new Texart XT-640 and SOLJET EJ-640 printers. The XT-640 is the latest addition to Roland DG’s range of dye-sublimation printers, offering speeds of up to 63 square metres per hour. The printer is particularly suited to more demanding production environments and is supported by compatible Texart inks that can be configured to accommodate both four- and eight-colour printing. The SOLJET EJ-640, which features dual staggered printheads and an integrated tri-heater system, is also designed for high-volume production requirements.

In addition to the array of hardware on offer, visitors to the Roland DG stand will also be invited to enter a prize draw that will offer them the chance to win a variety of prizes including a SOLJET EJ-640 printer, ECO-SOL Max 3 inks and a place on the Roland Academy course.

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New Mutoh printers from Colourgen

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On Stand E40, Colourgen will introduce a new range of Mutoh printers, including a desktop flatbed model, plus laminators from Kala, RIPs from Caldera and a wide range of consumables.

The Mutoh 64-inch twin-head ValueJet 1638X and single-head 1624 printers incorporate micro piezo head and DropMaster technologies, with the latter ensuring precise media handling. Colourgen will also demonstrate Mutoh’s first ever direct-to-garment printer, the VJ-405GT, as well as the 426UF and an A3+ LED UV printer designed for personalised products, labels and gadgets.

Also on display will be Mutoh’s print and cut solution, comprising a ValueJet printer and ValueCut cutter.

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LED UV first for InkTec

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InkTec will demonstrate the new JETRIX LX5 LED UV printer on Stand H20.

This more environmentally aware platform claims a 35 percent saving in power consumption by comparison with a mercury lamp printer. In addition, warm-up time is eliminated, it generates less heat and provides an extended lamp life of up to 20,000 hours. The printer, which incorporates six Konica Minolta printheads and specially formulated InkTec UV inks, has a printing speed of 39 square metres per hour in production mode and 11 square metres per hour when outputting precise fine art printing.

Visitors will also be able to see a demonstration of an entry-level 3.2 metre-wide roll-to-roll printer, as wellas InkTec’s range of solvent-based and dye-sublimation inks for use with the Mimaki JV300 platform.

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Canon set to fire

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On Stand H10, Canon will introduce the Oce Arizona 1280 GT UV flatbed printer.

In common with other printers in the 1200 series, it incorporates the award-winning Oce VariaDot imaging technology that guarantees sharp definition, smooth gradients and solid colours. Print quality can be further enhanced for photographic-quality and fine art applications by adding the optional light cyan and magenta inks.

The stand will also feature the company’s bespoke Applications Gallery that illustrates the diverse capabilities of its printers, including the Oce ColorWave 700 model. Canon will also be hosting Zund Plotting Systems and will demonstrate the G3 XL3200 CV digital cutter in combination with the new Prep Centre software.

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A world of possibilities with CMYK

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On Stand J10, CMYK will be demonstrating the capabilities of its wide range of printers using a combination of large video walls, while also providing an opportunity for visitors to engage with fitters working on live installations.

Videos will show projects being carried out in conjunction with companies such as Hollywood Monster and fitters from independent partner Agile Installation.

In addition, the stand will incorporate a number of application walls featuring floor graphics applications and a giant glass panel showing the new Clear Focus window graphics, along with the Saint Gobain optically clear glass-decorative films. Visitors will be invited to talk to and consult with representatives from CMYK and manufacturers such as EFI, Berger Textiles, MTEX and Hybrid Services and to see a range of well-known digitally-printable materialsbeing processed by six compatible printers, including the EFI VUTEk HI625 and H2000, the MTEX Blue entry-level direct-to-textile, the Mimaki JFX200 UV LED flatbed, the JV300 and the CJV 150-130 integrated printer/cutter platforms.

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Papergraphics’ to take more than a stand

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Wide-format print specialist, Papergraphics will occupy four especially themed stands (Stands D36, D60, J24 and L42).

On Stand D60, the company will demonstrate the CWT 1630 cutting table alongside the Summa D160 cutter and the Easymount 1600SH laminator. Products to be shown on Stand J24will include the HP Latex 300 and Epson SureColor printers and TESAFLEX and StickyPrints media.

On the décor-themed Stand L42, Papergraphics will highlight the creative possibilities of the HP Latex 360 printer in the interior décor sector, in addition to offering live demonstrations of the DigiMura wallcoverings range of media. Two yet to be announced new products for the interior retail and home décor markets will also be showcased.

Underpinning these three stands will be Papergraphics’ primary base, ‘The Knowledge Centre’ (Stand D36). This will be hosted by some of the company’s most highly regarded experts and Onyx specialists who will be on hand to discuss how print businesses can perform to their highest potential using new hardware, software and media. The new Onyx Thrive version 12 workflow solution will also feature on this stand.

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Popular hardware options to be shown by printMAX

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On Stand K10, printMAX will show examples of the best-selling roll-to-roll printers, new products from Roland and the increasingly popular LED-UV flatbed printers.

From the Mimaki stable, the company will show the entry-level print and cut CJV150, the CJV 300 and JV300 and the UJF-3042HG LED-UV platforms. Roland printers on display will include the new TrueVIS VG-640 roll-to-roll, print and cut and direct-to-object platform and the VersaUV LEF-300. The print-only Roland SolJet EJ-640 will also be shown, alongside examples from the popular Versacamm series of printers.

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A winning combination

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On Stand J20, Nth Degree Imaging will show a range of inkjet printers, consumables and colour management solutions.

Printers on show will include an eight-colour Fujifilm Acuity 1600 II UV LED, the desktop Roland VersaUV LEF-20 and the Roland TrueVIS VG-640 printer/cutter platforms. Other stand attractions will include a wide range of consumables from Fujifilm’s Euromedia brand, the latest T-Flow production software and Valiani cutting tables.

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Agfa Graphics showcases the Jeti Mira

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Visitors to Stand F30, will be able to see the new Jeti Mira 2716 HS printer with Primer and RTR option, which will be making its UK debut, following its launch at FESPA Digital earlier this year.

This six-colour and white UV-inkjet true flatbed printing system with an optional varnish or primer, also features a dockable roll-to-roll system and will be shown processing output for use as posters, signage, exhibition graphics and POP displays, as well as niche applications, such as DVDs, printed wooden atefacts, art reproductions, personalised objects and more.

The Jeti Mira is available in two models, the Jeti Mira MG 2716 (2.69 m x 1.6 m) and the Jeti Mira MG 2732 (2.69 m x 3.2 m), which are capable of print speeds up to 206 sqm per hour. Its sophisticated ‘Print and Prepare’ mode, a standard feature on both models, enables loading of media on one side of the table while the other side is still printing, thus significantly reducing downtime to ensure maximum productivity.

All Jeti Mira models can accommodate a dockable roll-to-roll system that attaches directly in front of the flatbed table, while the design also enables the gantry to transport over the top of the unit to minimise wastage.

It is driven by Agfa Graphics’ own Asanti workflow software, which takes control of the entire production process, including file handling, colour management and preflighting, maximising efficiency and reducing errors.

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YPS offers new paths to profit

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Your Print Specialists (YPS), the UK’s only dedicated Mimaki vendor, will present a full range of graphic, textile and industrial print technologies on Stand E2, where it will be focusing on the routes to profitability.

The North East-based reseller invites visitors to consult its specialists about the specific applications they are looking to develop and to discover how they can do so with a rapid return on investment and a set-up that works in harmony with their existing work list.

YPS will demonstrate the broadest range of Mimaki equipment on offer at the show, including the Mimaki CJV150-130, a 1.36m integrated print-and-cut engine that offers the silver, orange, white and light black inks that will be of particular interest to sign and print companies that service the retail and other high-quality markets. The popular engine offers speeds of up to 56.2sq m/hour, plus a top-of-the-line maintenance option that reduces total cost of ownership.

Meanwhile, the Mimaki UJF-7151plus, the larger update to the flatbed UJF range, places the production of high-margin direct-to-object print output within reach. This machine appeals to those expanding their profit centres with promotional materials, customer components, instrumentation and fine-gauge industrial work. With its six staggered heads, the UJF-7151plus provides superior image quality thanks to Mimaki’s MAPS4 advanced pass system and MFD1 fine diffusion, which eliminate print noise while also printing at some 2.6 times the speed of previous models.

Textile printing will also feature strongly on the YPS stand, where visitors will be able to see the accessible Mimaki CJV150-75 platform printing in its dye-sublimation version, producing output that can be successfully used for the broad gamut of indoor and outdoor signs and graphics. The CJV150, which can be supplied with a bulk ink system, will be paired with a Muratex Sublimation Calender a high capacity, 1.8m roll-to-roll calender with accurate automatic controls for speed and heat, as well as manually adjustable fabric tensioning for handling a realm of different materials. The Muratex, for which YPS is the exclusive UK reseller, is also available in 2.0, 2.4 and 3.2m options.

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Dye-sub to feature on Xpres stand

On Stand G36/38, Xpres will be conducting live demonstrations of printers from Mimaki, Roland and Epson with new exclusive additions, with members of its experienced and knowledgeable team on hand to provide visitors with all of the information they need to make the most appropriate buying decisions.

There will also be a special focus on wide-format dye-sublimation printing, which that has become a huge growth area for sign and digital print areas where it can be successfully used for a wide selection of applications ranging from interior décor and soft signage, to personalised sports wear.

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MTEX presents speedier solution

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MTEX will be showcasing the MTEX 5032HS Printer on Stand C10, one of the five new machines that it has launched during the past year. 

Suitable for use with both pigment and disperse inks, the MTEX 5032HS is theideal machine for the production of soft signage and interior décor and offers the same stunning print quality as the MTEX 5032Pro, but with the addition of added speed – it prints at 120sqm/hour in production mode.

Other new models from MTEX include the MTEX Blue K, which is available with pigment inks and is specially designed for use in conjunction with knitted, fully stretchable fabrics, including those with contain cotton or synthetic fibres, such as jersey, which can be used for applications in the home textiles, interior design, and printwear and promotions sectors. MTEX Blue printers can also be seen in action on both the Hybrid and CYMUK stands (Stands E10 and J10 respectively where they will be shown using dye sublimation inks.

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i-Sub debuts four new solutions 

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i-Sub will be presenting a range of wide-format print, packaging, textile and finishing technology on Stand F10.

In particular, it will be debutingfour new solutions, including the Dgen Hexa pigment printer, the Mimaki TS300P dye-sublimation printer, the Digi-Foil DF Pro semi-automatic foil applicator and the Zünd ARC (Automatic Router Bit Changer).

The company will also be offering a raft of substantial offers on all machines purchased at the show.

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SMGG highlights PageWide

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Stanford Marsh Group Graphics, the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group, will be focusing heavily on the very latest HP PageWide printers on Stand F22.

Taking pride of place on the stand will be the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer, which enables purchasers to meet demand peaks with the ultimate in high-production speed in both monochrome and colour and at a benchmark cost per print. It is capable of printing technical drawings, GIS maps and point-of-sale (POS) posters at breakthrough speeds of up to 30 A1 pages per minute.

In addition, SMGG will be showcasing the HP Z5400 multi-roll printer for high-quality, long-lasting prints, and the compact HP Latex 310 printer that enables businesses to affordably expand into a versatile range of high-quality, durable indoor and outdoor applications. The entry-level Summa D60 Cutter will complement all of the printers on display.

Finally, SMGG will be using the show to launchSMGG media, its own brand of cost-effective media range, whichis compatible with latex, eco-solvent, aqueous and UV curable printers.

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Zone in on GPT

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Graphics Printing Technologies (GPT) will return to the show for its eighth consecutive year on Stand E20, where it will be showing printers from Mimaki and HP and offering exciting show specials.

The stand will be divided into three special zones, with the Mimaki Zone showcasing the extensive range of Mimaki solvent and UV-Cure printers, including the UJF6042, JV-300 and CJV-150.  The HP Zone will include HP’s range of Latex and UV printers, such as the HP Latex 360 and HP Scitex FB550.

Media from Intercoat, finishing equipment from Vivid Laminating and a Mimaki CGII cutter, will all feature within the Application Zoneand representatives from manufacturers will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrations and to answer all visitor questions.

In addition, GPT will also be running regular daily demonstrations at 11am and 3pm on the stand.

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