Ultimate Packaging installs HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press

HP announced that Ultimate Packaging, a leader in the production of printed flexible packaging for the food industry, is enabling brands and retailers to connect with consumers in new ways with the installation of an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press.

Colors everywhere, in PDF/X-4: how to render them properly?

Printing Pantone colours and your printer or printing press

Ever tried printing a Pantone colour with no success? I always thought if I couldn’t reproduce a Pantone colour, it was due to the non-PostScript cheap inkjet printer I’m using these days, until I did some research. I found out many printers (the humans) are having trouble printing some Pantone colours even with the latest EFI Fiery Servers driving some high-end digital printing presses. Even when using the CMYK cross-reference colour with a manual adjustment of the percentages to create the spot colour can it go wrong on a Xerox Digital Colour Press 1000 or any other device. The reason is simple, though: gamut.

Agfa platesetter

Agfa Graphics’ new platesetter for high-volume newspaper printers

New high-production engine hits speeds of 350 plates per hour, helping publishers extend editorial and advertising deadlines without sacrificing quality.Agfa Graphics today introduced a new high-speed platesetter for the high-volume newspaper market. The Advantage N-TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed) runs at speeds up to 350 plates per hour.

Industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets at ESMA

As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference’ (www.theijc.com), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

Gandy Digital Softjet

Gandy Digital Softjet soft signage printer launched

Gandy Digital launches of the Gandy Digital Softjet, soft signage, high resolution, digital dye sublimation printer. To be previewed for the first time at SGIA (Las Vegas, USA, October 22nd – 24th) on booth #439, the Gandy Digital Softjet printer is designed for textile printers and large format print houses looking to increase print quality and productivity, explore new revenue streams and drive profitable growth.

Toray: Rheinisch Bergische Druckerei

Toray to Feature Quality, Productivity, Environmental Benefits of Waterless Printing at WAN-IFRA

Toray Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, will be exhibiting at the upcoming WAN-IFRA World Publishing Expo 2014, scheduled for 13-15 October in Amsterdam. The expo, being held in conjunction with three strategic conferences, is expected to draw broad global attendance. Toray will be located in Stand 11.565 at the Expo and will have copies of its 2nd Edition Toray Waterless Journal available for attendees. The Journal was printed on a KBA Cortina press by Rheinisch Bergische in Germany using waterless printing technology.

Apple’s iBeacon and your iPhone 6 – the future of the smart poster

Proximity marketing using technologies like QR codes and NFC smart tags is relatively well-established, but slow to mass adoption. However, the development of Bluetooth low energy (BLE) iBeacons by technology giant Apple offers an exciting alternative with even greater potential. And with the release of the iPhone 6 and iOS8, rumour has it that Apple are about to take iBeacons and NFC into the mainstream.

Vybrant F1600

Fujifilm announces availability of Vybrant F1600 inkjet printer

Fujifilm announced the commercial launch of the Vybrant F1600 at Viscom Paris 2014, France (9th – 11th September), following its preview at FESPA Digital earlier this year. The Vybrant F1600 is a new 1.6m roll-to-roll large format printer targeted at the sign industry, featuring Fujifilm’s patented FUZE hybrid UV Ink technology.

EFI DirectSmile

Print isn’t dead but it will only survive being part of a bigger whole

DirectSmile is software that allows you to create, personalise and automate marketing across web, e-mail, mobile, social and print media. It doesn’t require any programming skills, and it integrates with your existing CRM system. OK, fine, but what has that to do with printing per se? What if I told you EFI acquired the software in July and already had a hugely successful user conference? How many printer manufacturers do you know who have a vision that extends beyond metal and “units-in-the-field” — I can count them on one hand.