New table top UV printer from Roland offers users substantial money-making possibilities
Roland DG has launched a new table top UV flatbed printer for on-demand small-lot customised printing of a broad range of items, objects and accessories. The company says its new VersaUV LEF-200 offers outstanding print quality, greater media compatibility, and ease of use for the personalisation and custom printing markets.
According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit, the LEF-200 can customise a wide range of consumer products and promotional items such as smartphone cases, pens, awards, giftware, plates and more. “With the growing desire to offer consumers a personalised experience reflecting individual preferences and lifestyles, the market for on-demand printing onto a whole array of items is an exciting and growing trend,” she says. “In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of businesses using our VersaUV LEF printers to provide custom printing of smartphone cases and accessories. With the LEF-200’s greater versatility for applications, the money-making possibilities are substantial and with its ease-of-use capabilities, even operators with minimal digital printing skills can operate the device.”
With a print bed of 508 x 330mm (20” x 13”), the LEF-200 prints high-quality full-colour, white and clear inks on a wide variety of materials including three-dimensional items up to 100mm (4”) thick. To accommodate an expanded range of profitable applications, the LEF-200 features a new on-board primer ink option for priming objects quickly and conveniently. The Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software, included in the price of the LEF-200, simplifies the process of producing graphics with special effects.
“The new primer ink option allows users to prepare an object for customisation before printing a full-colour graphic. This makes adding graphics to glass, plastics and other challenging media so much more clean and efficient,” says Maeda.
The LEF-200 incorporates Roland DG’s proprietary CMYK, white and clear ECO-UV inks for premium quality printing. Clear ink can be printed for spot gloss or matt finishes, as well as unique embossing effects. White ink can be printed as a spot colour or behind CMYK on dark backgrounds or clear materials. To meet individual business requirements, users can choose from three ink configurations: CMYK+White+ Primer, CMYK+White+Clear, and CMYK+White+White.
The company says it has added a further range of usability enhancements to the LEF-200 for greater efficiency. For example, Roland VersaWorks Dual enables users to work not only with PostScript files, but also allows for native processing of PDF files to ensure transparency effects are processed accurately. In addition, white or clear ink data can be generated easily in the RIP, ideal for use in producing transparent personalised accessories with special effects. The position and size of special colour data can also be adjusted in the RIP for perfect registration.
Other features such as rotation and mirroring of the data can be configured in the RIP as well, without the need to return to your graphic design software. The newly available Maintained Clipped Position function is included which enables users to print designated images only. This feature is useful when extra processes such as clear effects are required for printing specific items.
OKI launch new ColorPainter E-64s wide format printer
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.
Hybrid Services to show new flatbed small format UV printer at Printwear show
Mimaki’s UK & Irish distributor Hybrid Services is returning to the Printwear and Promotion exhibition, which runs from 26th – 28th February 2017 at the NEC, to give the new Mimaki UJF MkII LED UV small format flatbed printer its first UK public outing.
Printwear & Promotion Live will see Hybrid showing Mimaki’s latest wide format and direct to object printing technology, which is ideal for producing promotional products, personalised gifts and high quality bespoke items. The new Mimaki UJF MkII series was released late last year and Hybrid says it has received high interest levels with printers keen to make use of its increased productivity, photo quality prints and a fist full of other new features.
Also featuring on stand J32 will be the Mimaki CJV150 series wide format printer/cutters, which are suitable for garment marking, printing banners, canvas prints and vehicle graphics as well as cutting stickers and coloured vinyl. There will also be examples of output from Mimaki’s dye sub solutions for applications including sportswear and fashion available on the stand.
As well as showcasing the latest digital printing and cutting technology from Mimaki, Hybrid will be supporting several of its specialist textile and dye sublimation resellers who are also exhibiting at the event, showcasing a range of products from across Mimaki’s portfolio.
Cascade adds Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 colour production press
Central London-based Cascade Group has purchased a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1085 colour production press to enhance the flexibility and speed of its services.
First established in 1982, Cascade Group has invested in and restructured its operations over the past five years, moving from a network of retail businesses to a hub and spoke model with local offices in key London business districts and centralised production units within central London.
Each local office has equipment for quick turnaround jobs such as business cards, presentations and posters, and more complex jobs or large runs are now processed in its production units.
Production director, Richard Adler approached Konica Minolta to propose a solution that would seamlessly process a wide range of jobs from single page flyers to multi-page presentation documents, stickers, business cards and more.
“We needed volume colour production equipment and the C1085 met our requirements in terms of speed, quality and price.” Adler said.
Cascade chose Konica Minolta as it had already had a good first experience working with them. “We have another Konica Minolta digital production print system at one of our local offices and they score high on value for money, reliability and quality of output,” he added.
“Relationship building is extremely important to Cascade Group both with clients and suppliers alike. Konica Minolta have worked with us to ensure an excellent working relationship and over the past couple of years, have been able to provide the right equipment at the right price, enabling us to give our clients the excellent service and quality that they are used to,” he said in conclusion.
What a year we have just said goodbye to, and I think 2016 is certainly a year that is going to reshape some of the ways that UK business is conducted in the coming years.
Over the Christmas period I got pretty fed up listening to too many negative variations, mostly alcohol enhanced, on what Brexit is going to mean to the country. I have a more positive view on what can and should happen in our market. This is driven by the fact that our print and graphics industry does need a bit of a wake up call and realise that in recent years we have been racing to the bottom of what is unsustainable and, maybe, just maybe, refocus on quality of output and services that can put us back on top of the pile again.
It wasn’t that long ago that UK print was seen as the prime example of what other countries should aspire to in terms of quality and value, but unfortunately the mad world of commodity has diluted much of what is good about our industry. Well, I for one think that we still have massive opportunities to grow and develop our business and rather than the benign focus on the square metre price, we should be looking at how we can aspire to do better with the technologies and skills we have in front of us.
I have seen some great instances in 2016 of how we can use the latest technology together with our sometimes forgotten traditional skills to produce world class results. A fine example last year of what is possible when technology, human skill and quality collaborate together is the work of Levon Bliss, photographer, and Fulham based Genesis Imaging who produced mind blowing micro sculpture imagery, printed on their Jetrix flatbed UV inkjet printer. The time, skill, care and attention taken by both parties provide some of the most amazing images I have seen in quite a long time, even though I am not a fan of bugs I have to admire their work and ingenuity.
A few months ago I met the directors of Brilliant Media aka ithastobebrilliant.com and was blown away with their refreshing vision and the way they have repositioned their business to offer much more than a standard print provider. The skill, entrepreneurial spirit and determination they have shown has to be admired. I recently saw that they won a well deserved award for business initiative. What a brave and “brilliant” example of what is possible in the UK if we put our minds to it.
Despite all the non productive negativity and bad mouthing between our wonderful politicians and financial gurus the end of the world is yet to materialise. It may get a bit tough at times in the next 12 months but we still have the skills and ability in our industry to rise above, but not totally ignore, the commodity markets and succeed by not bowing down to it.
We have the tools and skills in the UK so let’s rediscover our mojo and enjoy the benefits of doing so.
Happy New Year!
Hollywood Monster helps Lego keep its flagship London store under wraps
Hollywood Monster has helped Lego to to unveil its brand-new flagship store in Leicester Square. The new site is the toy company’s biggest store in the world and required 260 square metres of vinyl to stay hidden while construction work was in progress.
Disguised as a Lego toy tub, the building’s huge hoarding featured a Union-Jack-clad Lego figure who invited passers-by to watch the ‘store unboxing’. Continuing the theme of making the store a giant toy box, in the place of the usual product description customers were informed that the shop would be suitable for ages 0-99+ and had over 30 million pieces inside.
The project was brought to life by welding together four graphics and installing them on to a prefabricated 44mx9m truss. The frame was assembled overnight by a team of 12 fitters, taking 20 man hours in total. The result was a free-standing structure with banners that could be detached and dropped in time for the big reveal.
Simon McKenzie, managing director at Hollywood Monster says: “This was our first experience working with Lego, and it was a real team effort: every step from the initial design work to the moment the banner dropped took meticulous planning to execute perfectly. I could not be more pleased with how it turned out and I hope this is the first of many collaborations between us.”