OKI Europe turns day into night at Drupa with revolutionary NeonColor toners

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 03 June 2016.

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One of the more interesting practical applications to be found at Drupa can be found on the OKI Europe stand where the company is showcasing how its unique NeonColor toners allow creative businesses to bring their designs alive with dazzling, high-quality pigments.

OKI’s neon printing gives graphics studios and point-of-sale manufacturers the ability to produce visually-impactful new designs, breaking free of the standard CMY spectrum to enter a new realm of product specialisation.

Visitors to the OKI Europe stand will see how neon colours can produce sensational 3D effects on T-shirts or display materials and a dedicated dark room area will demonstrate how these pigments, which are unique to OKI, glow under black UV light, producing stunning results that include security marking applications with neon white.

The range of products transformed with designs using the new neon colours includes garments, large format banners, pop-up displays, indoor and outdoor signage and fashion accessories. Package-proofing, point-of-sale or educational materials can all be electrified with luminescent colour, thanks to the development of these highly innovative toners.

OKI’s new Pro6410 NeonColor printer will demonstrate its unique features that allow the creation of incandescent effects, using transfer media on either light or dark backgrounds for the full range of products. In addition, the large format inkjet ColorPainter W-64s printer will amaze visitors with its ability to produce, vibrant eye-catching designs using neon pinks and yellows perfectly suited to graphics and display materials for either indoor or outdoor use.

Visit OKI Europe at Drupa 2016 – Stand B21 in Hall 5.


First UK Fujifilm Jet Press 720S now goes live at Emmerson Press

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 03 June 2016.

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Founded in 1981, Emmerson Press has long been at the forefront of the digital print revolution. In 1997 it was among the earliest UK companies to install an Indigo digital press – and having carefully followed developments in the B2 digital inkjet market in recent years, it has again decided to lead the UK digital market by investing in a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S.

“We’re really excited about the new business opportunities that this investment is going to provide,” says Sales director John Emmerson. “The improvements in make-ready and turnaround times, the increased capacity, the efficiency savings, and the potential to profitably print bespoke, short-run jobs for high-end customers are all very exciting developments. We’re also excited about all of the extra services this new technology will enable us to offer to existing and new customers.”

A local Warwickshire manufacturer of refuse collecting vehicles has taken receipt of the very first job to run off the Jet Press 720S in the UK. “We received the artwork at 10am – with delivery required that afternoon,” says Emmerson Press Operations Director Jamie Emmerson. “We knew immediately that on that timescale and at that sort of run length, it was a job for the Jet Press.

“The customer required three versions of an A2 Poster, 50 copies of each – and they had to be of the highest quality. The Jet Press was well up to the task, as we knew it would be. The customer loved the vivid colours we were able to produce and we were thrilled with the level of quality we were able to deliver to them with such a tight turnaround.”

“We’re really excited to see our new press up and running,” says Emmerson Press Sales Director John Emmerson. “Fujifilm has done an excellent job with the install and the training to get us to this point so quickly, and now we’re delighted that our customers have now begun to see for themselves what we’ve already seen on visits to working Jet Press installations in Germany and the Netherlands.

“The quality of work this machine is capable of, and the speed with which it delivers, has already impressed one customer – and from their feedback it’s clear it’s going to impress a lot more. Our capacity to take on new work has increased dramatically, and as a direct result we are now actively recruiting for an additional sales person to help bring that work in.”


Elephant Print and Display adds HP Indigo 5000 cut-sheet digital press

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 03 June 2016.

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East Sussex-based digital print company Elephant Print and Display has invested in an HP Indigo 5000 digital press with white ink. The new machine replaces an older HP Indigo 350 press and as such will provide the firm with a number of benefits, including higher resolution for smaller text and also faster changeovers for jobs and consumables.

Commenting on the installation of the HP Indigo 5000, managing director Jason Gadd, says: “There are huge productivity benefits for us with this press, and job change over times are now incredibly fast. Although we did look at alternative machines, nothing came close to the quality of Indigo, both in terms of output and also engineering excellence.”

The company also operates two wide format inkjet machines (Epson and HP) along with associated finishing equipment. Recent investment has included upgrades to its finishing line with a Matrix 370P Laminator installed at the end of last year.

Established in 2002, Elephant produces work for a wide range of B2B customers at its premises near Lewes, East Sussex.


OKI Europe set to showcase its graphic arts printer portfolio at Drupa

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 06 May 2016.

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OKI Europe Ltd says it is putting the spotlight on its portfolio of Graphic Arts printers at Drupa 2016, including the newly-launched Pro6410 NeonColor digital printer and the renowned ColorPainter range of wide format inkjet printers.

One of the key highlights of the stand includes OKI’s new Pro6410 NeonColor printer that the company says adds a new dimension to colour printing. Described as “an incredibly versatile device” this new printer is capable of producing vivid, fluorescent designs on transfer media for use on almost anything – from garment and product decoration, to personalisation, packaging, point-of-sale and in-store signage.

In addition to the Pro6410 NeonColor, OKI Europe will also showcase its white toner printers - Pro7411WT and Pro9420WT together with its Pro9541 and Pro9542 5-colour printers. These fast, affordable light production solutions unlock creative and commercial potential, combining high definition digital LED with white toner/5-colour (CMYK+1) technology, providing what OKI says is a level of performance traditionally only achievable with expensive production equipment.

This will be the first time that OKI has showcased its wide format inkjet printers in Europe, and at the OKI Europe stand visitors will see how the ColorPainter range of wide format printers are perfect for the production of outstanding, highly durable designs on a vast range of materials including banners, fleet and vehicle graphics as well as wallpaper, umbrellas, pop-up displays, and floor and exhibition graphics.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s Drupa which promises to be an interesting platform for innovative printing technology, perfect for OKI’s powerful range of high-performance solutions for graphic arts and creative businesses,” says Pamela Ghosal, general manager Brand and Marketing Communications OKI Europe.

“With a host of live product demonstrations on the OKI Europe stand, visitors will be able to see first-hand how OKI’s commitment to innovation can provide graphic arts and creative businesses with practical yet lucrative new revenue streams, by enabling them to print in-house what used to be lengthy and costly outsourced printing processes.”

Visit OKI Europe at Drupa 2016- Stand B21 in Hall 5.

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Dutch printer goes digital with Fujifilm Jet Press 720S

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 22 February 2016.

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Impressed Druk en Print is a B2 commercial printer that until recently based all its print production around two B2 Heidelberg offset presses. However, the trend of ever-decreasing run lengths led it to start investigating the possibility of investing in a B2 digital press.

Bas Gravesteijn, director of the company explains: “With 30% of our run lengths now less than 700, 40% between 700 and 1500, and 30% over 1500, it was clear we could improve the efficiency and profitability of our shorter run work by investing in a digital press.”

In September 2015 the company took the lunge and invested in a Jet Press 720S B2 inkjet digital press to enable the company to offer its customers a much broader range of short run, creative and personalised printed products profitably and, says Gravesteijn - without any compromise on quality.

“In the four months since the installation we have already seen the press play a leading role in helping us to improve our short run print capability, as well as generating a range of new business opportunities.
“The full colour gamut and high quality produced by the Jet Press 720S is really impressing our customers, many of whom are design and advertising agencies for whom the highest quality is critical. The ability of the press to print on a wide variety of both coated and uncoated paper is also a major advantage and gives us huge flexibility in terms of what we can offer our customers. All these features are helping us to differentiate our service offering in a highly competitive market,” he says.

The company, which is based between The Hague and Rotterdam in The Netherlands, is now producing a huge range of products from desktop calendars to brochures at run lengths and a level of quality that would not have been possible previously.

According to co-owner Sandra Haket, the Jet Press 720S has also created an opportunity to move into new markets. “It’s a machine truly designed to deliver short runs profitably, and allows us to offer a range of print products that will lead the market, rather than just following,” she says.

“We understand our customers and know that they will be delighted with the quality of print we can now produce cost-effectively at much shorter run lengths, even down to run lengths of one. But we’re also excited about using the press to expand the applications we print. Ultimately, we know we’ve made the right choice and are convinced that inkjet technology is the future for high quality, short run print. This is the first time we have worked with Fujifilm and so far so good – we look forward to developing this relationship over the next few months and years.” 


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