Large format printers from OKI offer affordability without compromising on quality

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Since OKI’s acquisition of Seiko I Infotech Inc’s large format portfolio including the renowned ColorPainter family 18 months ago, the industry has been waiting to see how the brand would evolve.

Visitors to the OKI stand at FESPA will be able to see for themselves and experience the entire ColorPainter family of products including the M-64s and the H3–104s, all offering premium performance and a high-level of precision as well as OKI’s Pro Series range of printers specifically aimed at creative businesses, offering them the ability to branch out and capture new revenue opportunities.

The company says it is now able to offer sign makers, exhibition services providers, screen printers and others the opportunity to move away from low-margin vinyl and banner printing into more profitable applications, giving their business the boost needed to drive future growth and success.

According to Frank Jänschke, Senior Product Manager, Large Format Printers, OKI Europe Ltd, the newly launched E-64s is an extremely versatile printer, offering routes to new revenue streams and the chance to maximise increasing demand for products such as vehicle and building wraps, outdoor light box, backlit signage and floor graphics. “Its media flexibility is beyond anything previously available, with impressive results even for characters up to 2 points, on back or front-lit materials, technical textiles, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, banner, vinyl and many other media types,” he says.

The E-64s signals OKI’s insistence that affordability doesn’t compromise quality; it includes proven technologies from higher-end models, including the ability to print indoor or ultra-durable outdoor applications on the same machine thanks to OKI’s high-pigment ECO solvent SX ink.


Roland holds the key to customisation and personalisation at FESPA 2017

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Roland is gearing up for FESPA with plans to showcase products from across its extensive portfolio; including digital wide format printers, cutters and integrated print & cut devices, UV-LED flatbed printers, dye-sublimation solutions, and more.

Gillian Montanaro press web resizedAccording to Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing EMEA, the priority for Roland is to provide a complete end-to-end solution: “A key benefit of investing in a Roland is that you’re buying into a solution which delivers so much more than just a digital device. It’s true that our technology is reliable and durable but beyond this, we provide an integrated quality offering which encompasses hardware, software, inks, training, service and support. This holistic approach helps our users to get the very best return on their investment and, in turn, to provide the very best service to their customers. It’s one of the reasons why customers who buy a Roland, stay with Roland. At FESPA we’ll be demonstrating how users can best integrate our technologies into their businesses and take full advantage of the comprehensive package we provide.”

Customisation and personalisation are key consumer trends and entrepreneurial print service providers looking to differentiate themselves from their competitors will be able to see Roland’s innovative instant personalisation solutions in action on the booth. Featuring Roland’s VersaUV range of UV-LED flatbed printers which print directly onto virtually any object or substrate and including a customer-friendly software interface. This unique solution enables consumers to personalise a huge range of items including phone accessories, technology items, photo gifts, trophies, souvenirs, sportswear, fashion and much more. Visitors to the Roland booth will have the chance to try out this dynamic technology for themselves and take home a unique personalised memento.

“Our aim is that visiting the Roland booth is a memorable experience and it will be packed with innovative applications and eye-catching samples which we hope will inspire and fire the imaginations of visitors. We look forward to welcoming all FESPA delegates to the booth and demonstrating why Roland is the right choice for them,” concludes Montanaro.


OKI’s ColorPainter wide format printers available from RGBuk

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 06 April 2017.

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RGBuk has entered into a partnership with OKI to sell OKI’s ColorPainter range of wide format printers. The move - which was announced during Sign & Digital UK last week - sees RGBuk position OKI printers alongside its offerings from Canon and Roland. 

“We think the OKI ColorPainter wide format printer range is fantastic,” says RGBuk marketing director Chris Hope. “After searching the market for a manufacturer that met our standards on performance and quality, we considered OKI the best fit for the company to expand our large format solutions. The OKI printers are incredibly fast and are true production workhorses, and are a force to be reckoned with when coupled with a Graphtec cutter.” 

The company will be inviting visitors to see the latest model in the range, the new 64” ColorPainter E-64s large format printer at its newly opened demonstration studio near Reading, Berkshire. 

OKI’s ColorPainter E-64s offers print service providers an affordable entry to profitable, high-precision, wide format printing on a large spectrum of media for signage, graphics and interior decoration businesses.

According to OKI’s Bhupinder Bharat (pictured above right with RGBuk MD Ben Randell), the recent launch of the ColorPainter E-64s is the perfect timing for the partnership with RGBuk. 

“We are excited to have RGBuk as a partner,” says Bharat. “The company is very well established in the market and has been a major supplier to the large format and fine art sector in the UK for over 11 years. They have a wealth of expertise, experience and innovation behind them coupled with a fantastic service and support network.” 

The ColorPainter E-64s retails at £12,995 complete with take-up unit, ONYX RIP Center and a two year warranty including print heads without nozzle shot or production restrictions. 


New bloke joins GPT

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

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roz chast starter sympathy cards new yorker cartoon resizedGraphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has announced the appointment of Adam Booth as its new National Hardware sales manager.

Booth has 18 years sales experience in the large format printing market and has previously worked for Repropoint (GDL), Fuji Film and Perfect Colours. 

The picture we were sent wasn't usable so we thought this image would be appropriate. We wish him well in his new job.





OKI launch new ColorPainter E-64s wide format printer

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 10 January 2017.

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OKI Europe Ltd has officially launched its new ColorPainter E-64s as the new model in the ColorPainter family of professional printers. This competitively priced, 64-inch, wide format ColorPainter E-64s is equipped with ColorPainter technology that has already proved highly-effective in the M-64s and the H3-104s, providing premium performance, high levels of precision and ease-of-use while fully supporting entry-level, environmentally-friendly printing

The ColorPainter E-64s retails at €12,990; this price includes take-up unit, ONYX RIPCenter and two year warranty including print heads without nozzle shot or production restrictions.

“The ColorPainter E-64s is a remarkable printer offering print businesses affordable entry to very profitable, high-precision, wide-format printing on a large spectrum of media which may have previously been unattainable” says Frank Jänschke, general manager Marketing, Wide Format Printers, OKI Europe Ltd. “As an advanced and extremely versatile printer, packed with functionality, it successfully meets all the requirements in a field where commercial opportunities are expanding but must be seized quickly and effectively in order to maximise revenue.”

Using OKI’s high-pigment ECO solvent SX ink, the ColorPainter E-64s delivers the optimum level of colour for high-quality indoor and extra-durable outdoor applications at all print-speeds. Its low costs of adoption and ability to handle a wide range of media make the E-64s the ideal choice for every user of large-format printers seeking an agile solution. Impressive results are achieved whether printing on back- or front-lit materials, technical textiles, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, banner, vinyl and many other types of media.

OKI says the ColorPainter E-64s’ user-friendly construction and functionality ensure that managing and handling the printer from preparation to operation, right through to maintenance, are remarkably convenient and easy.  This printer, says OKI, has the versatility to open up a huge range of new commercial possibilities.

We say, if this new E-64s is anywhere near as good as its stablemate - the M64s - it will be well worth your while in checking it out.

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