Mike Horsten Mimaki EuropeIn many a history book we have read the lines ‘The King is Dead, Long Live the King’ – the old king dies and the new king is welcomed and becomes the greatest king. The history and evolution of printing technology and processes could be compared with this premise. In the Solvent printing business this has been happening. The older ink technologies which were smelly and poor quality but seen as wonderful during their time are being replaced with a new generation of inks which are bright, odourless and long lasting. The question is…‘Is Solvent the correct technology for the sign making industry at this moment in time?’

Roland DG’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I. The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the company’s latest dye sublimation transfer printer.

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks.

Europe's largest online print provider, Flyeralarm, has purchased a fully automated EFI VUTEK HS100 Pro high speed press at FESPA. The new press will allow Flyeralarm to expand the super wide applications in its portfolio of online services.

FESPA 2015 sees EFI introducing a dedicated, production-class roll-to-roll printer, and its fastest printer on the market. The new VUTEk HSr LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed roll-to-roll printer that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, lorry sides, banners, posters and more.

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.

Fujifilm has announced the launch of an advanced new UV ink technology at FESPA 2015, called Uvijet OW. The newly launched ink range, which is used in the Inca Onset series, has been developed specifically with improved adhesion properties so that it can be used on a wider range of rigid and flexible plastic substrates.

UK based plastic former MiMtec placed an order for Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance Select wide format printer with Uvijet KV inks at Sign & Digital UK to create bespoke, branded objects in shorter runs with much lower set-up costs than are typical of screen printing.

Fujifilm says it is set to show visitors a wide variety of creative applications that can be produced with its Acuity large format printers and euromedia range of roll media. The company will also showcase the light industrial applications made possible by the use of its thermoforming UV-cured inkjet ink, Uvijet KV.

Seiko Instruments has had its SX ink -used primarily with its ColorPainter M-64s printer - accepted into the list of materials that meet the chemical requirements of Nordic Eco label certification for printing companies.

Mimaki has announced it has attained the OEKO-TEX accreditation for direct skin contact for its Sb300 series dye sublimation inks and Sb53 sublimation transfer inks.

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