Vista Inkjet process set to revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and more

UK‐based R&D company TTP has come up with innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. TTP has already tested its Vista Inkjet process successfully with cellulose and two‐part polyurethane paints used for car and aircraft body manufacturing. This opens up many other possible applications including the use of thermoplastic fluoropolymer paints such as Kynar, for decorative finishes on architectural metallic structures. TTP is also exploring the printing of low cost and high functionality materials for ceramics, textiles, security and brand protection along with high conductivity patterns and 3D printing.

Backlit print

Three-layer white ink printing for stunning effects

Many large (wide format or super-wide format) inkjet printers today include white ink as an additional colour enabling a new range of applications. However, many printers enable white ink as a pre- or post-colour only. EFI VUTEk printers have a unique ink architecture that enables printing up to three independent image layers including white ink in a single pass.

Editors choice

IT Enquirer’s Best of the Best of 2014

It’s almost year’s end and time to make a balance of the past year’s products. I’ve made a list of the best products I have reviewed over the course of the past year, as well as a list of vendors that I believe have shown that it is possible to deliver innovative products without sacrificing on quality.

IQ partners with Enfocus to address missing link in production automation

Enfocus, a leading provider of PDF preflight and automation solutions for the printing and publishing industries, has partnered with Australian print MIS provider IQ to fill a critical gap in the automation between prepress production and MIS. IQ provides its customers with an out-of-the-box solution that streamlines their print production workflows using Enfocus Switch, PitStop Server and various other PDF solutions.

H1625 LED

An overview of the EFI H1625 LED Wide Format Inkjet Printer

With most entry-level wide or superwide format inkjet printers you get a stripped down version of a larger sibling. That’s what is meant with “entry level”, but I for one was surprised to find the EFI H1625 not being stripped down at all. Except for its size, this wide format LED inkjet printer comes equipped with features that you’d only expect to find in larger models.

Daicolo

Leading manufacturer of school albums in Japan uses Agfa Graphics’ Azura chemistry-free plates

Daicolo introduced Azura and the corresponding Avalon CtP system in 2006. Benefits have been multiple. According to the company, since the manuscripts for graduation albums are usually not received at one time, they have to print materials in small lots while changing plates quickly. As Japanese birth rate continues to decline, some order lots for graduation albums are as small as 50 copies or less.

EFI DirectSmile

EFI DirectSmile: printers in the driver’s seat for direct marketing

EFI’s 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 existing CRM systems. DirectSmile is squarely aimed at non-printing direct marketing for printers who want to stay in business, as well as to advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.

Anapurna M215

Agfa Graphics’ New Anapurna M2500i at SGIA 2014

Agfa Graphics today announced the worldwide launch of the new Anapurna M2500i with optional automated board feeder (ABF). It will be demonstrated at the Agfa Graphics booth #2019 at SGIA 2014 being held in Las Vegas (USA) October 22-24. The Anapurna M2500i is the most recent i-series introduction, offering printing systems with higher productivity and quality.

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.