Epson shows the power of its SureColor printers for display graphics, wallpaper, textile, soft signage & vehicle wraps at Sign & Digital UK 2017

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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Epson is back with a bang at this year’s Sign & Digital UK exhibition and says it plans to demonstrate the power of its SureColor range of wide-format printers, used to produce a wide variety of high-quality value-added applications. Visitors will see selected models from the SureColor SC-S (eco-solvent), SC-T (aqueous) and SC-F (dye-sublimation) ranges printing quality display graphics, POS, wallpaper, textiles, soft signage, and vehicle wraps.

As part of its educational and local community initiatives, Epson has been working with young B-TEC students at Longdean School in Hemel Hempstead to explore the potential of wide-format printing to develop a vibrant car wrap design. The winning artwork will be printed on a SureColor SC-S80600 and applied to a Toyota Aygo which will appear to be bursting through a wall on the exhibition stand.  The graphics, which will be unveiled at Sign & Digital, were printed and applied by graphics specialists Slam Signs.

Phil McMullin, sales manager, Professional Graphics, Epson UK, says: “We are experiencing considerable interest in our SureColor printers as companies are investing in equipment that ticks all the boxes in terms of quality, price, flexibility, performance, ease of use and ability to maximise profits. Sign & Digital comes at just the right time as many PSPs look to upgrade, expand and add new products to their portfolios and, at the show, we will enjoy showing them the considerable potential of Epson technology.”

The hugely successful 10-colour 64-inch SureColor SC-S80600 uses the UltraChrome GS3 inkset which includes red, white and metallic for accurate and consistent corporate colour match signage and produces exceptional print quality, even on the cheapest monomeric vinyl.  This affordable and highly-flexible printer is the perfect tool for busy print service providers. With a low total cost of ownership and superb reliability it is ideal for producing a variety of display graphics, backlit panels, POS materials, vehicle wraps, wallpaper and canvases as well as a plethora of other specialist applications.

For durable soft signage and fabric with exceptional quality and very low cost per square metre, Epson demonstrates the SureColor SC-F9200 dye sublimation printer at the show.  This printer features two high-capacity ink supply systems for longer, uninterrupted print runs at resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi and speeds just over 100 sqm/hr. A large after heater and optional air dryer means products are in optimal condition for winding on to the highly-accurate take-up system featuring automatic tension control.

From the Epson aqueous range is the 36-inch SureColor SC-T5200MFP 4-colour, large-format printer, with colour scanner and copy facility. This printer is ideal for the high-speed production of POS and high-quality, quick-print applications such as photo quality posters, prints and graphics - outputting an A1 print for example takes just 28 seconds.

Visitors can see Epson on Booth C30.


i-Sub to showcase promotional personalised printed products at Sign & Digital UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.

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On-demand, direct-to-object printing provides outstanding business building potential in the rapidly expanding field of personalised printed products, and Kettering based i-Sub will use Sign & Digital UK to showcase the power of personalisation with Mimaki’s new UJF 6042 MKII UV object printer.

The i-Sub team will also be exhibiting the Epson dye sublimation system, plus the stand will feature numerous examples of finished dye sublimation applications created on Mimaki, Epson, Dgen and EFI machines. Visitors will be able to experience the striking effects possible using dye sublimation technology and the array of textiles and materials that can be printed. Alongside these will be a whole catalogue of application samples to demonstrate what can be achieved with the Agfa and Mimaki industrial UV systems, and Mimaki solvent printers.

i-Sub and its key representatives will be found on stand B12 throughout Sign & Digital UK 2017. 


Spandex has a lot more than materials to show at Sign & Digital UK

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

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As the exclusive distributor of swissQprint in the UK, Spandex will showcase swissQprint's Impala 2 - the Swiss-made UV flatbed printer at Sign & Digital UK

swissQprint's modular flatbed systems allow customers to 'build' their machine to their specific business needs, which includes nine freely configurable colour channels, white and varnish, etc. "With a swissQprint machine, customers can take on a much wider variety of jobs from standard hoarding signs to luxury retail graphics, without needing to invest in multiple pieces of equipment,” says Steve Pridham, UV Specialist sales manager at Spandex.

Spandex will also demonstrate HP Latex and Roland eco-solvent wide format printers during the show and its range of materials from leading suppliers. 

Other attractions include textile thermal transfer applications with the Sawgrass Virtuoso printer, the industry's first fully integrated sublimation printing solution of this size, used in conjunction with a heat-press to produce garment decoration products with outstanding visual impact.

With a 40 year history in the sign and graphics market, Spandex's unique portfolio of brands includes: Avery Dennison, 3M, Orafol, ImagePerfect, Arlon, Epson, HP, Roland, swissQprint, Mutoh, Rollsroller and many others. 

This looks to be like a stand well worthy of a visit at the show. 


Print, Self-Adhesive, Décor and Textile are the themes for Soyang Europe at Sign & Digital

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

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Digitally printable media specialist, Soyang Europe is to return to Sign and Digital UK this year to launch its new materials collections to the sign and graphics market, as the company continues to target the wide format sector.

“We’re back at Sign & Digital UK in March with a much larger stand and a comprehensive materials collection to showcase to visitors of the show,” says Mark Mashiter, the company’s managing director. “As media specialists, we are in a unique position to offer advice across the board on digitally printable substrates for the sign and graphics industry, from staple products such as self-adhesive vinyl and textiles, through to more speciality products, such as wall coverings and magnetic products.”

The new consolidated collections include Print, Self-Adhesive, Décor and Textile. “We wanted to showcase the vast extent of our portfolio in a way that makes it easy for our customers to see which products are right for their application,” says Mashiter. “The four main areas cover premium products to suit all budgets and we’re confident that we’re answering very real requirements from our customers, adding revenue creating materials and providing substrates printable with existing systems, many of which have strong creative and environmental benefits.”

According to Mashiter textile printing remains a big growth area for the industry and as such Soyang Europe has added a raft of new materials to its already extensive collection, including several new backlit products for UV printing, to serve the buoyant lightbox market. One of these new products is Decoprint Pearl, a fabric for backlit display applications that can be installed in lightboxes in retail outlets, shopping malls and airports.

“Textile is tactile, lightweight, easy to use and has great green credentials, so we’re confident this market will continue to expand,” concludes Mashiter.


Colourgen has all the Mutoh wide format printing solutions on show this year

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

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The Sign & Digital UK show wouldn’t be the same without Mutoh’s UK distributor Colourgen who this year celebrates 17 years attending the show. This year the Colourgen team is presenting new Mutoh large format sign and display printers and solutions, along with a range of laminators from Kala, and a broad range of media products and software solutions from Caldera and Sai.

New at the show will be the 64” Mutoh ValueJet 1638UH.  This is Mutoh’s first ever dual head LED UV printer delivering increased print, cure performance and versatility!  Accommodating roll media and rigid boards with a CMYK ink set-up, the VJ-1638UH can also print white and varnish to handle transparent or coloured substrates without losing saturation or to create special print effects and multi-layer printing for added value. 

Key products also on show include the Mutoh 426UF, an A3+ LED UV printer designed for printing personalised products, labels and gadgets. Since its launch at Sign and Digital last year, the printer has been well received by the market, delivering a broad range of applications, from labels and gifts to trophies and even condom wrappers - Now that’s what we call a versatile printer!

Colourgen will also be showing the new Mutoh print/cut solution, the Summa R140 FX cutter with the 64” ValueJet 1604X and ValueJet 1624X with Eco Ultra ink. Finishing applications will be shown on the Kala  Arkane 1650 laminator.  All printers will be supported by Caldera VisualRIP+ and SAi. 

Jeff Biggs, managing director of Colourgen, says: “Colourgen will be focusing very heavily on the excellent range of Mutoh printers, particularly those models that are brand new to the UK market. Also we are actively encouraging signmakers to see the capabilities of those printers that are ostensibly outside of their core business, such as the ValueJet 426UF,  that could open  doors to new applications, incremental revenues and increased profitability.”

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