GRAPO @ Viscom Italy 2008 ( 13.11. – 15.11.2008 ) – GRAPO announcement of Shark X8/960UV

Viscom Italy 2008 ( 13.11. – 15.11.2008 )

[7.11.2008]

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Grapo s.r.o. would like to invite you and your colleagues to Viscom Italia 2008 in Milano. It will be the first time Grapo presents the newly developed Grapo SHARK. This High-end level UV printer is the answer for the evergrowing demand for the UV printing technology. Using Xaar technology with Greyscale variable dropsize and long term experience of our Research and  development team, we managed to accomplish a UV printer with technical specifications such as  printspeed at 225m2 per hour at a quality of 960dpi. Come and visit us at the Unilink s.r.l. stand no. H01/K10 in Hall 3.

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GRAPO announcement of Shark X8/960UV

Our new printing machine is Grapo’s answer on the growing demand for industrial printers, producing high volume of prints on one type of media.

It’s a highly versatile printer which can be used as a roll-to-roll ( integrated rollers) printer for printing on variety of flexible media including billboard paper, self-adhesive vinyl, PVC banner, flag etc.

Automatic accessories such as automatic cutter, automatic feeder and unloader can change the machine into the roll-to-sheet or sheet-to-sheet machine which can print on rigid materials such as PVC sheets, cardboard, foam sheets etc.

Used printing technology with variable drop size will produce high resolution (up to 960dpi x 960dpi) and high quality prints at a high print speeds – up to 200m2/h, single pass.

Powerfull electric fan, creating a strong vacuum, is used for holding the media on to the transfer belt.

Laser sensors are used for automatic detection of the material edges as well as for automatic material height adjustment. Media height can be up to 90 mm.

Easy print job management is also enabled via www – remote control.

Optical linear encoder is used to guarantee the precise drop positioning in x axis.

Water circuit is used for printheads (water heating system) and also to cool down highly efficient UV lamps.

The printheads require minimum maintenance – automatic print heads cleaning (vacuum sucking system).

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Printing technology: Greyscale – variable drop size

Printheads: 8 x Xaar 760 printhead, 8 – 40pl

Print resolution: 360 x 360 dpi, up to 360 x 720 dpi

Apparent resolution: 960 x 960 dpi

Maximum print width: 2 m

Maximum media thickness: 90 mm

Printing speed: up to 200m2/h

Colours: CMYK x 2 (2 printheads per colour)

Inks: Grapo inks – UV curable inks

Curing system: Water cooled UV lamps

Media type: Billboard paper, self-adhesive vinyl, PVC banner, flag, PVC sheets, cardboard, foam board

Operating system: Windows XP, NT

Print programme: Grapo print software, Wasatch RIP

Image formats: All popular file formats including TIFF, PDF, JPEG, EPS, Postscript

Ink reservoirs: 4 x 10L

www.grapo.com

NEWTECH LAUNCHES XAAR-ENABLED KERAMAGIC DIGITAL INKJET PRINTER FOR CERAMIC TILES AT TECNARGILLA

NEWTECH LAUNCHES XAAR-ENABLED KERAMAGIC DIGITAL INKJET PRINTER FOR CERAMIC TILES AT TECNARGILLA

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The KeraMagic uses greyscale Xaar 1001 inkjet printheads

New printer set to revolutionise quality short run tile printing

16th September 2008 – Newtech SRL, Italy, the specialist manufacturer of machinery for the ceramics industry, is holding the worldwide launch of a highly innovative ‘drop on demand’ inkjet system for printing directly onto ceramic tiles at Tecnargilla (Rimini, 30th September – 4th October 2008).

The four-colour digital Newtech KeraMagic printer is the first digital printer developed by Newtech and has been specifically developed to print durable, high quality high resolution images directly onto tiles quickly and reliably. It features the award-winning greyscale Xaar 1001 inkjet printheads which can jet pigmented and non-pigmented ceramics inks, suspensions in a single-pass with ease and accuracy.

The KeraMagic printer answers the ceramics industry’s need for an industrial strength inkjet printer that can handle a variety of fluids with ease to produce short run volumes of bespoke tiles cost-effectively. Two models are available: the 350mm width KeraMagic 350 and the 700mm width KeraMagic 700. These print at up to 25m/min at 360 dpi and eight levels of greyscale to produce impressive clarity. Compared with analogue devices which handle a maximum image length of 1.4m, the KeraMagic software can handle an image length of up to 20m, which provides new and lucrative creative opportunities.

The design of the Xaar 1001 printhead makes it ideal for high-quality inkjet ceramic applications. Designed for high-speed, single-pass applications, the Xaar 1001 delivers excellent drop formation and drop placement accuracy with outstanding operational durability.

The head’s unique XaarDOT™ technology allows variable-sized drops to be produced, giving users the ability to select drop size depending upon the application. Fine drops give smooth tones, contrasting shades and sharp-edged text, while larger drops ensure good ink coverage at maximum print speed. The result is stunning replication of natural materials such as stone and marble.

The Xaar 1001 printhead also incorporates Xaar’s patented HSS™ head technology, which delivers “through-flow” operation. With Xaar’s through-flow design, ink flows past each nozzle opening, keeping the channels primed and operational. This results in lower maintenance cycles and high nozzle reliability giving consistent high quality and high productivity.

“The capabilities of the Xaar 1001 printhead have made the KeraMagic a commercial reality and we have high expectations for the printer,” explains Roberto Carassai, President of Newtech. “It delivers everything our customers are asking for: high definition, flexibility, speed of set up and printing, reliability and cost of production. Plus, it’s unique design means the printer can handle a wide range of inks and fluids which gives our customers the freedom of choice.”

“The Xaar 1001 printhead enables digitisation of what has been a traditionally analog process, and delivers everything the market needs to make digital printing onto ceramic tiles a commercial reality,” says Steve Knight, European Sales Manager, Xaar. “Previous ink jet technology has been limited in both reliability and resolution. The ability to produce high quality, vibrant tiles will open up valuable new markets for tile producers worldwide.”

About Xaar

Xaar is the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available at www.xaar.com

About Newtech

NEWTECH srl was founded in 1995 by ceramic industry experts and has grown steadily through careful technological research into a worldwide brand. Today, after significant investment into its product range, united with high levels of service, this young and dynamic company has a stable and important share of the Italian ceramics market and an export market representing 80% of turnover. Additional information about Newtech is available at http://www.newtechsrl.com

Xaar Contacts:

Elena Knight, Xaar, Marketing Communications Manager T: 1223 423663 E: Elena.Knight@xaar.com

UK: Ruth Clark, Splash! PR T: (44) 1580 241177 E: ruth@splashpr.co.uk

US: Irvin Press, Press+ T: +1 508-384-0608 E: irv@press-plus.com

Newtech contacts:

Paolo Lombardo, sales manager, (+39) 0536 813080 info@newtechsrl.com

EFI's Jetrion Industrial Inkjet Systems – update

EFI Jetrion Integrated Solutions

Overview

EFI’s Jetrion Industrial Inkjet Systems enable label converters, and direct mail and packaging printers to embrace the new world of digital printing.  Jetrion’s complete solution includes high-quality inks and systems that help printers meet the growing demand for short run printing, enabling them to increase their revenue and expand their customer base.

EFI Jetrion Drop-On-Demand Inks

Overview

Jetrion differentiates itself from the competition by ensuring that all its DOD inks seamlessly integrate with all its products, while all maintaining high reliability, and exceptional performance and consistency. To find out more about our DOD inks, click on the links below.

Jetrion Custom Inks

Overview

Jetrion designs, formulates and manufactures custom inkjet inks for businesses’ specific needs or applications. We can produce virtually any type of inkjet ink including spot colors, security formulations, metallic and low or high-spread inks. Our chemists create unique inkjet ink products to meet the most demanding customer requirements.

Feature Highlights

  • Achieves long-lasting color. Whether it’s a PMS spot color for monochrome printing or a complete set of expanded gamut, CMYK plus orange and green inks, Jetrion’s custom inks provide the right color every time. Through the use of automotive pigments, the inks are durable to ensure that colors stay vibrant longer.
  • Optimized for application-specific requirements. Custom inks are developed with specific business needs in mind – to meet the end applications’ unique needs. Whether printing on metal packaging, polyethylene containers or plastic cards, Jetrion’s custom inks are optimized for price and performance.
  • Formulated for a variety of industrial printheads. Jetrion’s inkjet inks are proven to give exceptional performance for all print applications, whether the printheads are from Xaar®, Spectra® or Toshiba TEC®.

EFI Jetrion Fast-Cure UV Inks

Overview

Jetrion’s Fast-Cure UV inks are specifically formulated for high-speed digital printing applications such as in labels and packaging, or mailing and fulfillment. They provide optimal curing and jetting performance for single-pass printing, while simultaneously producing exceptional print quality.

Feature Highlights

  • Offers durability on multiple substrates. The inks work on a variety of substrates including coated and uncoated papers, films, foils and plastic cards, and are extremely durable and abrasion resistant, even in the harshest environments.
  • Is environmentally friendly. Because the inks are UV and not solvent-based, they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a feature that is very important to many environmentally aware printing companies.
  • Provides proven reliability. Jetrion’s Fast-Cure UV inks have been designed to work in a variety of industrial printheads and offer exceptional reliability.
  • Reduces printer maintenance costs. Since the inks are very dependable and never dry in the printheads, companies spend less on inks and equipment maintenance.

EFI's Jetrion Industrial Inkjet Systems – update

EFI Jetrion Integrated Solutions

Overview

EFI’s Jetrion Industrial Inkjet Systems enable label converters, and direct mail and packaging printers to embrace the new world of digital printing.  Jetrion’s complete solution includes high-quality inks and systems that help printers meet the growing demand for short run printing, enabling them to increase their revenue and expand their customer base.

EFI Jetrion Drop-On-Demand Inks

Overview

Jetrion differentiates itself from the competition by ensuring that all its DOD inks seamlessly integrate with all its products, while all maintaining high reliability, and exceptional performance and consistency. To find out more about our DOD inks, click on the links below.

Jetrion Custom Inks

Overview

Jetrion designs, formulates and manufactures custom inkjet inks for businesses’ specific needs or applications. We can produce virtually any type of inkjet ink including spot colors, security formulations, metallic and low or high-spread inks. Our chemists create unique inkjet ink products to meet the most demanding customer requirements.

Feature Highlights

  • Achieves long-lasting color. Whether it’s a PMS spot color for monochrome printing or a complete set of expanded gamut, CMYK plus orange and green inks, Jetrion’s custom inks provide the right color every time. Through the use of automotive pigments, the inks are durable to ensure that colors stay vibrant longer.
  • Optimized for application-specific requirements. Custom inks are developed with specific business needs in mind – to meet the end applications’ unique needs. Whether printing on metal packaging, polyethylene containers or plastic cards, Jetrion’s custom inks are optimized for price and performance.
  • Formulated for a variety of industrial printheads. Jetrion’s inkjet inks are proven to give exceptional performance for all print applications, whether the printheads are from Xaar®, Spectra® or Toshiba TEC®.

EFI Jetrion Fast-Cure UV Inks

Overview

Jetrion’s Fast-Cure UV inks are specifically formulated for high-speed digital printing applications such as in labels and packaging, or mailing and fulfillment. They provide optimal curing and jetting performance for single-pass printing, while simultaneously producing exceptional print quality.

Feature Highlights

  • Offers durability on multiple substrates. The inks work on a variety of substrates including coated and uncoated papers, films, foils and plastic cards, and are extremely durable and abrasion resistant, even in the harshest environments.
  • Is environmentally friendly. Because the inks are UV and not solvent-based, they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a feature that is very important to many environmentally aware printing companies.
  • Provides proven reliability. Jetrion’s Fast-Cure UV inks have been designed to work in a variety of industrial printheads and offer exceptional reliability.
  • Reduces printer maintenance costs. Since the inks are very dependable and never dry in the printheads, companies spend less on inks and equipment maintenance.

KYOCERA Introduces World’s Fastest Drop-on-Demand Inkjet Printhead

KYOCERA Introduces World’s Fastest Drop-on-Demand Inkjet Printhead
Revolutionary component offers full-color 600-dpi output at 150 meters per minute; marks Kyocera’s entry into inkjet printhead market

March 25, 2008
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) today announced that it has developed the world’s fastest1 high-resolution inkjet printhead — the main imaging component used in inkjet printers — for commercial applications. The company will commence global sales of the new KJ4 Series printhead in April 2008.

The KJ4 Series offers outstanding reliability and productivity, with full-color print speeds of up to 200 meters per minute at 600 x 480 dpi, or 150 meters per minute at 600 x 600 dpi. The KJ4 Series also offers the widest print line of any printhead in its class, spanning 4.25 inches (108 millimeters)2.

Kyocera’s KJ4 Series printhead has been produced and sold on a purely limited basis until now. The company began initial technology development with Brother Industries, Ltd. in 2002, and continued KJ4 development efforts independently. Kyocera recently completed approximately one year of successful testing of the KJ4 Series on commercial printing equipment.

“The superior performance and reliability of Kyocera’s KJ4 Series printhead represents a breakthrough that will open new markets for inkjet printing technology,” stated Hitoshi Takao, general manager of Kyocera Corporation’s Thin Film Components Group. “We believe this product will finally make it possible for the inkjet printer to compete successfully in the mainstream market for commercial printing.”

1 Measured by Kyocera (as of March 25, 2008)
2 On a single-module basis (as of March 25, 2008)

KJ4 Series Inkjet Printhead
KJ4 Series Inkjet Printhead

During development, Kyocera applied its proprietary piezoelectric ceramics technology to create a compact piezo actuator3 for a critical element of the printhead. By optimizing its core competency as a global leader in fine ceramic technologies, Kyocera created a new device that allows inkjet printing with unprecedented speed, resolution and reliability.

In addition, Kyocera utilized the extensive range of printhead technologies it has accumulated through its commercialization of thermal and LED printheads. Leveraging its design and manufacturing expertise, Kyocera arranged the actuator and its accompanying nozzles into a dense, regular pattern for the industry’s widest printhead. Kyocera also ensured that the components work together reliably and with a high level of precision.

Kyocera projects first-year sales of 1 billion yen (about US$10 million) for the new product, rising to an expected 10 billion yen (about US$100 million) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

3Using the piezoelectric effect to control ink flow, this actuator is the critical component enabling the printhead to offer high-speed, high-resolution printing.

FEATURES
1. World’s fastest “drop-on-demand” inkjet printhead

Kyocera’s KJ4 Series printhead has achieved a print speed of 150 meters per minute on Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd.’s MJP600 printer. This printer uses Kyocera standard ink and combines two printheads in the scanning direction (each with a speed of 75 meters per minute). The MJP600 can print the equivalent of approximately 1,000 sheets of A4 paper per minute.

2. High-resolution 600 dpi printing
The KJ4 Series printhead’s 2,656 ink nozzles are arranged in a 4.25-inch-wide print line. This configuration offers high-resolution (600 dpi) printing even at high speeds.

3. Simplified design
Kyocera’s broad inkjet printhead, with a width of 4.25 inches, allows designs with fewer heads, thus simplifying equipment configuration.

Comparative printhead arrangements required to print 600 dpi at 150 meters per minute, with 50 cm paper width.
Comparative printhead arrangements required to print 600 dpi at 150 meters per minute,
with 50 cm paper width.

4. Supports various types of printing
The KJ4 Series printhead supports both waterborne pigment ink and UV ink, making it possible to print on paper or other materials ranging from cloth to non-absorbent films and plastics.

5. High reliability
Kyocera’s KJ4 Series printheads were installed in MJP600 printers made by Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan; President: Iwao Miyakoshi) in commercial use since April 2007. The printers provided on-demand printing at client sites for approximately one year. Kyocera obtained favorable results for both quality and reliability through this equipment test period, verifying the superior reliability of its product.

A high-speed inkjet printer equipped with Kyocera’s KJ4 Series printhead will be on display in the booth of Miyakoshi Printing Machinery Co., Ltd., at Drupa 2008, a printing industry exhibition. Drupa 2008 takes place from May 29 through June 11, 2008, at the Dusseldorf Trade Fair Center in Germany; the event is held once every four years.

SPECIFICATIONS

Printing Method

Piezoelectric DOD Line Inkjet Printhead

Size

200×25×58 (mm) (width × depth × height)

Number of nozzles

2,656 nozzles/head

Print width

4.25 inches (108 mm)

Resolution

600 dpi x 600 dpi

Printing speed*

75 meters/minute at 600 x 600 dpi

Droplet size*

From 4 pL to 21 pL

*Depends on ink types and printing conditions

Dainippon Screen at DRUPA 2008

Drupa2008 FlashReport

On Demand Newsprint Solution

Manufacturing locally has always been the alternative to air-freighting newspapers, but the costs and local production limitations have proven unattractive to most publishers.
With Screen’s Truepress Jet520 On Demand Newsprint Solution, publishers can now maintain brand loyalty by ensuring ‘same-day’ availability all over the world and its quality and cost ensures that the business can be successful.
At drupa Screen booth, the Truepress Jet520 is doing live print of various newspaper titles with the same-day content, getting actual publication data from all over the world via networks; Asahi/Japan, DongaLibo/Korea, Daily Mail & Evening News/U.K., Le Monde/France, Handlessbatt/German, Elypais/Spain, USA Today/U.S.A.

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Solution for Sign and Display

CIMG0098.jpg Just before the drupa2008 starts, the Truepress Jet2500UV officially released to the market.
It is displayed at the center of Screen booth, and to show its quality and performance, live print onto both roll and board type substrate is being demonstrated.


Solution for Industrial print

The Truepress Jet650 UV is the new alternative for screen printing and pad printing, with precise output quality and print on demand with UV inkjet system. Actually the machine has been displayed for the first time at the trade show, the Truepress Jet650UV live prints speedmeter for automobile with beautiful graduations, dummy beverage cans and plastic ID card, etc. to showcase its print quality and wide range support of printing media.

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Trueflow SE Ver6.0 private demo

At Screen booth, private demo is avilable to get detailed information of Trueflow SE and other Screen’s software products at demo area. With expert staff and private demo room, you can feel relaxed and concenrated to the demo, also can talk and ask face to face of course.

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UV Inkjet head technology

CIMG0085.jpg Screen places special emphasis on developing unique technology of inkjet to play a leadership role in Print On Demand market.
The assemble know-hows of UV inkjet head is the Screen’s unique technology that will contribute to the new generation single-pass head unit.
At drupa, printing on PET(Poly Ethylene Terephthalate) for beverage cans and packages is being demonstrated.


Non-chemical support CtPs

PT-R series supports non-chemical plate of various vendors.
PlateRite4300 CtP is always crowded with many customers at drupa. High cost performance entry model, PlateRite Niagara is also live displayed.

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CTP head technology is displayed

CIMG0112.jpg One of the key factors of Screen’s sucess on CtP sales worldwide, is its special know-hows on developing and manufacturing high-precise optical head. The most powerful head with accurate channels, GLV head, is dispalyed at the show. The guide movie that introduces techonogy of this head is screened on the display.

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Impika welcomes Panasonic to its booth at Drupa 2008 – International Print Industry Exhibition

Impika welcomes Panasonic to its booth at Drupa 2008 – International Print Industry Exhibition

Source: Impika, 2008-May-22

As the fruit of a close collaboration for more than two years, Impika welcomes its printhead technology provider, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.), on booth B24-1 in Hall 10 for the official launch of the new generation of Impika’s digital color printing solutions, iPress and iPrint covering multiple applications.

These innovative printing solutions are the result of a technological collaboration between two world leaders : Panasonic, a premier developer of industrial technology, and Impika, an expert in developing and manufacturing industrial inkjet solutions.

This two companies collaboration consisted in the development of modular printing solutions which integrated Panasonic’s most advanced Drop-On-Demand thin-film piezoelectric printhead technology.

The latest generation of Panasonic printheads jet thousands of drops of water-based inks (both pigments and dyes) through 22,400 nozzles (in the current configuration) with a resolution of 600dpi. The printing speed, depending on the chosen configuration, varies from 75m/minute to 150m/minute, for a print width of 474mm. In addition, the printhead is able to produce several drop volumes (3, 9, 11, 13 picoliters), which can be combined in order to produce a very high quality printing mode for several applications.

Paul Morgavi, CEO of Impika, declares “We have the pleasure to welcome Panasonic on our booth and are very proud to showcase Panasonic’s technological strength. This is the first step of a strong collaboration continuing with further development of innovating printing solutions to further advance the performances of the ink jet technology”.

Panasonic Industrial Company Senior Account Manager Frank Orrow comments “We are very pleased to have this special opportunity to demonstrate Panasonic’s print and line head technology at Drupa 2008 thanks to the hospitality of Impika. We are also delighted to have the opportunity to work with Impika on their powerful technology solutions.”

Impika invites you to visit Booth B24-1 in Hall 10, to show Panasonic’s technology and learn more about the Impika difference with real-time demonstrations running every day.

About Impika

Impika was founded in 2003 by a team of 11 partners with 20 years of expertise in innovating digital DOD printing technology. Located in Aubagne, in the south of France, the company is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance industrial ink jet printing systems marketed worldwide. Based on an innovative technology that jets micro drops of ink or material on a large range of different substrate, Impika is present in three main segments, printing, micro electronics and bio technology. Impika’s performances have already been awarded several times. Impika’s customers are mainly international industrial leaders who are contributing to 75% of its turnover.

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