EFI proves LED is ready for fast printer production systems

The new VUTEk 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, bus sides, banners, posters and more. It has six colours plus white ink with multi-layer print capability for the production of perfect day/night backlit […]

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Misunderstandings about the EU mercury ban for UV curing may cost printers dearly

There is growing concern among printers and vendors of UV curing systems with regards to the mercury ban that will come into force in July 2016. That concern is justified and they would be wise not to let themselves be misled by commercial directors who lack legal expertise. In a piece that appeared on Print Monthly’s website the 15th of May, the commercial director of Alpha Cure UV was given a forum to contest the mercury ban. It seems their deputy editor is ignorant of the existence of RoHS 2, goes along with Alpha Cure UV’s irrelevant referrals to environmental regulations, and even concludes that: “Though arguments as to the relative efficiency and environmental impact of curing technologies, from UV-curing, to LED-UV, will continue, it is nonetheless important to recognise that UV lamps are not affected by the EU directives.”

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Printers and their RIP; what they look for

What do printers look for in a Raster Image Processor (RIP)? Their first concern seems to be user-friendliness and stability. But the answer may not always be straightforward. Some say it all depends on the application and the printer, the quality of the input files and also the output size. RIP vendors face a hard […]


PitStop 13 – PDF Quality Control made easier, less confusing

After a successful beta test period, PitStop 13 is now in general release. Beta users report that the features included in this release solve their most problematic PDF quality challenges. PitStop 13 is available as a subscription or a license model.

Knewton collaborates with HP to add print to its Adaptive Learning Solution

Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning, has collaborated with HP to deliver Personalised Print Learning Solutions comprising tailor-made printed materials for students and publishers. Using the combined print-on-demand and variable data capabilities of HP Inkjet Web Presses and HP Indigo Presses, educational materials, including personalised printed chapters of books and worksheets, can be produced for individual students of all ages and abilities. Personalised Print Learning Solutions will, therefore, extend Knewton’s adaptive learning materials beyond computer screens, enabling students and schools that rely upon, or prefer to work with, print to benefit from a personal learning experience.

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How the Peninsula Group Thermal Printer driver turns OS X into the best system for printing labels

When Peninsula Group’s representative asked me if I was interested in reviewing their completely rewritten Thermal Printer driver, I didn’t hesitate for a second. Peninsula Group’s printer driver is the only one that works with OS X without driving you crazy. The new printer driver includes a special installer to set up extraction of labels for use with UPS, FedEx, etc. once and then never look back. The rendering engine also makes it possible to print from web browsers without dithering — which is essential for barcodes to remain readable.

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Inkjet, LED and workflow Innovations = greater profit opportunities, says EFI

EFI’s offerings – from a new web-to-print technology and a significantly faster image processing workflow, to 7-picoliter grayscale printhead technology for near-photographic imaging, to the world’s top technology for energy-efficient “cool cure” LED imaging at full production speeds – open doors to new revenue streams and greater profit opportunities.

SpeedPro Imaging

SpeedPro Imaging signs partnership agreement with EFI for Wide-format LED Inkjet production tech.

Through a new agreement between EFI and national graphics production franchise brand SpeedPro Imaging, EFI will bring advanced inkjet imaging capabilities to SpeedPro Imaging studios, initially providing its best-selling, 65-inch LED Wide Format inkjet printer to locations in SpeedPro’s 120-location network. SpeedPro recently completed an extensive testing and validation process with the printer, qualifying it as a superior graphics production offering for the variety of wide-format graphics jobs its franchisees produce.

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X-Rite Launches i1iSis 2 Automated Chart Reader

X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom colour management and profiling.

Esko to acquire MediaBeacon

Esko, the leading global player in packaging production and supply chain solutions, announced the acquisition of MediaBeacon Inc., a leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) software solutions. MediaBeacon, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, brings an award-winning suite of DAM tools to market, primarily in the USA, through direct distribution and strategic OEM partnerships in various industries ranging from Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods to Media, Print and the public sector.


The history of RIPs and how they evolved into DFEs

Around 1990 the first RIP was invented. Its developers envisioned a low-cost, easy-to-use system that would allow users to process and print high-quality graphics, including photos, with equipment that doesn’t need to be operated by fully qualified people who are familiar with offset, lithography, etc. A decade later the printing industry started needing something more powerful, something that could load files from various network sources and process them for variable data applications as well as pull information from a database for personalised documents — what we now know as the Digital Front End or DFE.

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Stora Enso to showcase vast substrate portfolio at Xeikon Café

A wide range of substrates can enhance digital print opportunities. Stora Enso will showcase its extensive product portfolio at the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations event. A global player in the paper, biomaterial, wood product and packaging business, Stora Enso develops innovative solutions based on renewable materials. The company offers a wide board and barrier coating selection ideal for imaginative graphical and packaging concepts and for optimizing packaging. The boards are used by brand owners for liquid packaging, food service and food packaging, pharmaceuticals, cigarette, chocolate, cosmetics and luxury packaging, and in graphical industry.