Belgium based high quality prepress specialist Athena Graphics adds Esko Equinox to its portfolio to complete their Advanced Prepress workflow, an innovative end-to-end solution for brand owners and packaging printers. Esko Equinox creates colour conversions for extended gamut printing and eliminates the need for spot colors, making production faster, more efficient, cost effective and reliable.

With GMG CoZone 2.2 you can easily approve content and images via the cloud. Integrated soft and hard proofing and an optimized workflow create a particularly powerful solution. Thanks to its ultra high resolution, users can now also review designs for large-format productions in detail.

Only 8% of North America’s commercial print sector currently invests in automated workflows.* With the prospect of huge productivity gains and minimal investment in resources, what arguments does the industry have for ignoring the automation revolution? And can operators be persuaded to reconsider?

New Home Media, a Lorton, Virginia-based signage printing business, will reach a new level of efficiency, productivity and quality following its significant investment in new technology from EFI, New Home Media purchased EFI™ VUTEk® LX3 Pro hybrid roll/flatbed and VUTEk 5r roll-to-roll LED inkjet superwide-format printers, along with a complete EFI Midmarket Print Suite developed specifically for superwide-format inkjet business and production workflow management.

Delegate conference passes are now available for the inaugural Gulf Print & Pack Summit. The most comprehensive event of its kind in the region for senior level print industry professionals, the two-day conference program and table-top exhibition will be held at Dubai’s Roda Al Bustan Hotel on 4-5 March 2018.

At the upcoming 2018 Color Conference, attendees will have many opportunities to learn from—and about—GMG. GMG Americas, the US-based office of GMG, headquartered in Tubingen, Germany and the leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software solutions, announces they will be a platinum sponsor, offering two presentations about significant colour issues, as well as a presentation and literature table providing an overview of the company’s extensive colour management solutions. The Color Conference, hosted by Printing Industries America and SGIA, will be held January 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego.

In the sign and display graphics business, as in many other segments of the printing industry, shorter runs and reduced cycle times can stress even the most efficient wide format printing operations. By implementing a colour-managed RIP-to-roll (or RIP-to-rigid media) workflow, these operations can ensure that colour is right the first time and every time to help speed work through the shop and meet colour expectations.

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, have announced a significant presence at the Color Conference 2018, hosted by Printing Industries of America, January 13 – 16, 2018 in San Diego. During the event, X-Rite thought leaders, including Adrian Fernandez, General Manager at Pantone, will share valuable insights on such topics as how to ensure specified colors can actually be achieved in production, the impact of the latest industry standards on printing outcomes, and going beyond color to managing appearance.

Installing an effective workflow does not have to be complicated. Within a week, Denver-based Blair Labeling, installed Esko Automation Engine QuickStart for Labels, and was able to reduce its manual prepress workload by more than 30%, feeding its five flexo presses and new digital press.

When the printing capacity at Accent Etiketten outstripped the ability of the company’s production scheduling software, the Belgium label printer called on the services of HYBRID Software. The solution came in the form of a customised production scheduling tool within the industry-leading workflow software CLOUDFLOW.

Aleyant, an innovative leader in providing robust software services to the graphic communications industry at value-driven prices, today announced that it has integrated its Pressero Web-to-Print solution with HP’s PrintOS Site Flow and PrintOS Box apps, making it the first HP solutions program partner to accomplish both integrations.

EFI have announced that Winder, Ga.-based packaging printer Progress Container & Display has purchased the EFI™ Corrugated Packaging Suite, an end-to-end solution that spans business management and manufacturing execution. The Suite, which is currently being installed at Progress Container, includes components for estimating, order management, scheduling, inventory management, production tracking and shipment planning.

Digital Factory Apparel Brother Edition™ maximizes the exceptional throughput capabilities as well as the high fidelity color output that the newly released Brother™ GTX printer is designed for.

Europa Print and Mailing Solutions signed a deal at IPEX for a Tharstern Management Information System that will be crucial to long-term growth plans where turnover is predicted to jump by over 50% to £4million within two years.

Fujifilm today announces that the tilia Griffin wide format automatic layout solution from Tilia Labs has been added to its suite of XMF workflow products. tilia Griffin automates the process of laying out jobs on a single sheet in order to maximise the printed area and minimise the substrate waste after cutting, a process that many wide format printers still use Adobe Illustrator or similar programmes for. tilia Griffin rapidly works out the optimal use of space, saving both the time taken to do this process manually and the material that is inevitably wasted through a time consuming manual process.

The automation revolution is in full swing. Businesses from multiple sectors are leaping to harness the potential of new technology to streamline production, minimize time wastage and save money.

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today released Ultimaker Cura 3.0, a new version of its slicing software which enhances the performance and accessibility of Ultimaker’s hardware, software, materials and services. Ultimaker Cura 3.0 is open for third-party plugins providing a seamless workflow integration between industry-standard CAD applications.

Turnkey workflow solutions for fast start-up, increased automation, enhanced collaboration and more demonstrate Esko’s ongoing investment in the labels & packaging market.

Tharstern, the technology for print, packaging and labelling industries, will be showing latest world-class MIS (Management Information Systems) developments at two print shows in the UK in the coming weeks.

Label printers can drive greater value with comprehensive digital print workflow and ERP and innovative LED inkjet technologies featured in the EFI exhibit at Labelexpo Europe 2017. EFI's stand in hall 9, C40 at the September 25-28 tradeshow in Brussels features the new version 5 of EFI's Packaging Suite workflow software. The EFI stand also shows the enhanced EFI™Jetrion® 4950lxe LED inkjet narrow-web press with white ink, driven by advanced EFI Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) for digital label production.

At the upcoming SGIA Expo visitors to the Onyx Graphics booth 2435 can experience the award-winning ONYX Hub business intelligence tool, designed to help print service providers make better business decisions. Trending data will be previewed giving users an understanding of what is happening in their print shop over time and how to better understand costs. SGIA will be held from the 10th - 12th of October in New Orleans.

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