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.

Mimaki launches small format UV flatbed printer that can print on anything

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 April 2017.

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Mimaki is launching its latest generation of small format UV flatbed printers that can print on anything at FESPA 2017. The addition of the new UJF-3042MkII EX to the UJF-MkII range offers unique opportunities for companies looking for a direct to object printer that can deliver real value-added functionality.

The new UJF-3042MkII EX adds more features to the standard model for higher performance and ease of use and offers a unique approach to value-added printing by combining four steps into one: delivering the ability to place primer for strong ink adhesion, white ink for high print opacity, full colour CMYK printing and a clear print surface treatment, all in one operation. 

UJF 3042MkIIEX MainVisual resizedThe UJF-MkII UV curable flatbed printing systems were launched last summer and have been very well received by the market since their introduction. Mimaki has identified the opportunity to raise the bar even further with the new model, enabling in a single operation; the laying down, where required, of a base coat of inkjet primer, a base print of white ink, full colour print and a surface coating of clear ink, adding up to an efficient means of producing value-added promotional printing applications.

Mimaki’s clear ink, with either glossy or matte effects, can add texture and depth to prints. It can be laid down in multiple layers for an embossed effect and can be used with Mimaki’s texture library as part of the Mimaki RasterLink6 RIP software which offers 129 different textures that can be displayed as swatches in Adobe Illustrator. Application of these textures with clear ink can deliver more elaborate designs, such as a floral motifs or other patterns that add even greater value to the printed piece.

Mimaki Europe will have two stands at FESPA, and is set to show the new printer on its stand in the Digital Hall (Stand A1-A25), where it will also be demonstrating a wide range of solutions for the sign and graphics market and industrial print.

BTEC Fashion student shines with Epson exhibition stand display

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

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There were a lot of very good looking stands at Sign & Digital this year, but the one that really caught my attention was Epson. I was impressed at how well the company was able to seamlessly display the all-round capabilities of its SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers featuring a wrapped car, wallpaper, signage and textiles, and how they were able to produce rich and perfectly-matched colours all blended together in a single display wall.

Epson regularly supports community projects and charities close to its Hemel Hempstead head office. When it was planning its stand at the Sign & Digital exhibition to showcase Epson’s large format printers, it asked Longdean School down the road to help. The stand needed an exciting design to highlight the impressive capabilities of Epson’s SureColor eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers and every element would need to be blended together to demonstrate that Epson’s printers can achieve excellent results, no matter what the medium. The tutor and students on the final year BTEC Fashion course at the School were eager to get involved in the project.

Epson asked the students to develop a vibrant and contemporary design that could be used throughout the stand, including the front half of a car bursting through a wall. Epson provided advice about the SureColor inkjet printers and their capabilities while signage specialists Slam Signs guided the students through what is involved when developing and applying a digital car wrap.  

Epson booth graphic by Longdean student resizedThe students were given six weeks to create their artwork before submitting their final designs to Epson for the judging process. Some students used themes from existing project work, while others created new designs from scratch.

“I was very impressed by the quality of the entries,” says Phil McMullin, Sales manager, Epson UK. “The students all put a lot of time and effort into this project; it was difficult to choose an overall winner but Mel Mantle’s intricate floral image featuring a myriad of vibrant colours met the brief perfectly.” 

Slam Signs printed the car graphics on the 10-colour SureColour SC-S80600 and wrapped the car chassis on site in the school auditorium. This drew crowds of students to watch the design being applied - transforming a dull grey car into a unique technicolour vehicle.

The stand at Sign & Digital brought everything together in one stunning display. 

“It was great to work on a real project and to see my design used on a product for a real audience. It has changed how I will design in the future,” says Mel Mantle. “I put a lot of thought into the design which represents the changing seasons and features a woman with a floral dress that flows across the car and wall behind it in varying colours. I had to adjust my pattern, and make it larger in some places, so that the flowers would sit in specific places on the car when applied. I am really proud of the end result.”

FESPA announce World Wrap Masters Design Competition winner

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

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Patrick Charrier of Bazoom Studio, France, is the winner of FESPA’s World Wrap Masters Design Competition. The winning design will be applied, by the world's best vinyl installers, to a speedboat used by the Haugaard Racing Team in the 2017 World Formula 4 UIM Powerboat Championship. 

In order to qualify, participants were required to produce an attention-grabbing design demonstrating their creative skills. Prerequisites for the design included the boat number (22), the racing team's logo and World Wrap Masters sponsor, Hexis' logo. 

"The inspiration for my design came from the Danish Drakkar (aka Viking longboat),” says Charrier. “The general idea was to give an impression of movement to the boat, even when it's at a standstill. Blue and white are the top colours for a boat - lots of white for the pontoons to contrast with the surface of the water. The gradated honeycomb patterns evoke the composite materials used to construct the boat. The stars are included to reference the pilot, the tightrope walker in his cockpit, as well as a nod to shooting stars and speed on water."

Visitors to FESPA 2017 in Hamburg will be able to see the boat being wrapped with Patrick's design during the live final on the 10th and 11th May 2017. 

3M launch Knifeless tape range for vehicle wrapping

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

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Knifeless Tape Technology from 3M takes all the worry out of cutting and trimming during vehicle wrapping. This new range from 3M enables car wrappers and installers to cut through graphic film with sharp, clean lines and curves without the need for a blade, leaving a smooth finish and causing no damage to the surface of the film. 

3M Knifeless Tapes incorporate patented technology which uses a filament film embedded in the centre of the tape for cutting adhesive films. The film is placed over the knifeless tape and cutting is achieved by pulling the filament up through the film. The tapes are both flexible and blade-free allowing installers to quickly and confidently cut graphic film, along the contours of the surface, with precision and without risk of damaging the film surface.

The Knifeless Tape range covers a broad spectrum of applications. These include:

  • 3M Finish Line Knifeless Tape easily follows the contours and curves of any vehicle and is ideal for new knifeless installers. 
  • 3M Bridge Line Knifeless Tape creates evenly cut graphics bridging from one panel to the next for a professional finish. It is used to create uniform cuts in wide gaps between doors, bumpers and rubber mouldings. 
  • 3M Perf Line Knifeless Tape allows installers to cut a uniform margin between window graphics and rubber moulding, before applying edge-sealing tape.
  • 3M Design Line Knifeless Tape is engineered to create highly contoured designs with sharp, clean edges, and is ideal for creating stripes and accents. 
  • 3M Tri-Line Knifeless Tape is a triple-lined tape that ensures an accurate, consistent stripe width from one end of the car to the other and is ideal for pinstripes, gaps and butt seams.
  • 3M Precision Line Knifeless Tape is engineered to give even the most challenging film installations a sharp, clean edge with its ultra-fine, ultra-sharp filament that cuts reflective, metallic, chrome, dry-erase and 3M DI-NOC films. 
  • 3M PPF Line Knifeless Tape is a two-tape system designed for wet applications. This makes installing pliable paint protection films quick and easy, for achieving crisp, clean and symmetrical cuts without a plotter.

All 3M Knifeless Tapes are supplied in re-sealable, single roll pouches for easy storage and to prevent tape damage from dust and dirt. The distinctive packaging allows easy identification of product name to avoid unnecessary confusion. 

Each tape is supplied in standard 50m rolls while Finish Line Tapes are offered in 10m trial rolls.

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