ArtSystems has appointed Charlotte Crampton as its new Workflow Development Manager following her four years working as a Digital Applications Specialist with the Nottingham-based distributor.

Building on the momentum of the original release of Digital Factory OKI TT Edition, CADlink Technology has released a new version of the software already widely used by shops leveraging OKI transfer printing in the customization/personalization markets. End-users as well as resellers worldwide have recognized the incredible value that such specific color management, production workflow software adds to the investment made in the OKI printer technology.

Ricoh has made ‘lights out’ end to end print production a reality as the back end to its newly launched Printed Memories portal for personalised postcards in support of Alzheimer’s Research.

Esko’s collaborative project with The Alexir Partnership has enabled the UK operation to achieve cost and time savings while significantly growing turnover.

The new solution enables graphics producers, sign-makers and décor service providers to use an Océ Arizona flatbed printer to print multiple layers, resulting in printed effects that mimic textured surfaces, embossing, metallic accents and raised lettering.

Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 18, the newest version release of the company's award-winning wide- and grand-format software that includes new colour technologies for colour accuracy, consistency, and conformance to standards such as G7 and Fogra that print service providers can prove to their customers.

HP Inc. have announced the HP One Package workflow suite for PageWIde Industrial corrugated presses, the industry’s first ecosystem for digital corrugated printing. HP One Package offers software and solutions from HP and partners to help converters maximize the flexibility of digital production.

MIS software company, Tharstern, have just launched a brand-new tool that they say will solve a big problem for the printing industry. Their new Layout Library will allow printers to teach their MIS how to lay down impositions in the correct way for their equipment and processes. This will remove the need for prepress to manually adjust or change the impositions sent down by the MIS.

Released just two months ago, the new tilia Griffin Pro App has already scooped a major industry award for its developer, Tilia Labs. The company, a leading developer of planning, imposition, and automation software solutions for the graphic arts industries, received the award on May 16th during the Fespa 2018 show in Berlin.

EFI, is announcing two new EFI™ Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) designed to drive Ricoh's new ProTM C9200/ProTM C9210 high end digital colour production presses. Based on the latest Fiery FS300 Pro software, the Fiery Color Controllers E-45 and E-85 digital front ends ensure unparalleled productivity, exceptional colour and seamless workflow integration.

EFI has introduced two milestone digital print workflow solutions at FESPA 2018 in Berlin: a new version of Fiery® Command WorkStation® and Fiery XF 7, an updated digital front end (DFE) for EFI wide and superwide format inkjet printers.

At this year’s FESPA Global Print Expo (15th-18th May), PrintFactory will explore ‘the power of possibility’ on Stand 1.1-C38 by demonstrating the profitability boosting potential of true and total automation for large format print businesses.

At FESPA 2018, visitors to Esko (www.esko.com) Stands 3.2-C48 and 5.2-D30 during the 15 to 18 May event in Berlin, will be invited to “Take the Fastlane” for their businesses by collecting their suitcases on the Esko stand to begin an exciting journey to improved productivity. In addition to Automation Engine QuickStart for Sign and WebCenter QuickStart for Corrugated converters, the company will be introducing a brand-new Flip-Side Camera for Kongsberg cutting tables equipped with a Feeder and Stacker. This truly unique solution saves the 20 to 30 minutes of manual set-up time typically required to ensure accurate cutting of corrugated board for in-store displays as well as other applications. When using the Kongsberg Feeder and Stacker, the camera scans the underside of the sheet to locate registration marks, barcodes containing set-up instructions, and the corner of the sheet. It is then able to cut and crease accurately by calculating where the registration marks are in reference to the corner, with limited or no operator intervention.

Dublin, Ireland-based Smurfit Kappa Group (LSE:SKG) - Europe's leading corrugated packaging company - is partnering with Silicon Valley printing technology company Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) to establish an efficient, robust digital corrugated packaging production offering with the installation of an EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press.

Twice as good: OneVision, the German manufacturer of automation software for prepress, is showing its solutions for the printing industry not only on the booth of its technology partner Canon Deutschland, but also on its own booth. The Wide Format Automation Suite in particular will be the focus of attention at the trade fair for large format printing in Berlin from 15 to 18 May 2018.

Pioneering software firm, PrintFactory, will explore ‘the power of possibility’ at FESPA Global Print Expo (Stand 1.1-C38) by demonstrating the profitability boosting potential of true and total automation for large format print businesses.

Caldera is set to join forces with a raft of leading names in the print industry to create a new production concept for the floor of FESPA 2018, which takes place in Berlin from 15 to 18 May. MS Printing Solutions, JK Group, Monti Antonio and Zund will also be involved in the new initiative. The innovative 250 m2 SportsFactory booth will demonstrate a full production workflow for the creation of customized football jerseys. Visitors to the booth, sponsored by Dover Digital Printing, will be able to experience the entire production process from the initial design of a new shirt through to printing, cutting and sewing to make it ready for delivery. The production area will be complemented by a Sports Bar, designed and decorated using digital printing technologies, and a pop-up store showcasing digitally printed football jerseys and graphics.

Onyx Graphics, Inc. has announced they will unveil their next major release exclusively at FESPA 2018. Following the successful sneak preview which impressed visitors at ISA Orlando, USA last month, visitors to the Onyx Graphics stand at FESPA (Hall 3.2, stand C51) will see the full product which promises a new colour experience with next level power and reliability making print production easy.

At FESPA Berlin, taking place from 15th-18th May in Berlin in hall 1.1-A.40, ColorGATE presents its comprehensive solution portfolio for digital print automation, color standardization along the entire process chain in the age of Industry 4.0 with Workflow, RIP and Color Management Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Printing. In cooperation with Metis Systems srl, the global leader for high quality scanners, ColorGATE presents a brand new 3D capturing and digital reproduction solution.

Esko has announced a major new release of its packaging management solution, WebCenter. WebCenter 18 streamlines and speeds up the packaging development workflow by delivering extra features that give brand owners and converters more control and visibility over their packaging preproduction specification, approval and project life cycle.

Automation enables us to realize revenue at every opportunity by streamlining process inefficiencies. A recent report from The McKinsey Global Institute recognised that at a microeconomic level, automation enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage through reductions in labor costs as well as performance improvements such as increased throughput, higher quality outputs and less downtime. As such, automated workflow technologies can take large format print (LFP) businesses to unprecedented levels of profitability.

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