Technology guide: PacPrint Preview

Technology guide: PacPrint Preview
The biggest event in Australian print is just a few weeks away, ProPrint highlights some of the technologies on display
Currie group
Stand D10
Visitors to the Currie Group stand will learn about the company’s end to end print and labelling solutions.
 
Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director for Currie Group says, “Our approach to PacPrint falls in line with our customers’ needs. We are concentrating on automation and an end to end workflow – starting at the digital front end, moving right through to finishing. And we will show visitors how they can do that with as few touch points as possible.”
 
The company will have some Australasian firsts including the debut of the flagship HP Indigo 12000, which Currie Group will demonstrate with a Horizon SmartStacker in line for finishing. Rennell says, “For the first time, we will also run an HP Indigo 7900 and for packaging and labelling, Currie Group will showcase the HP Indigo 8000 label press, quite possibly the most productive digital printing solution for labels on the market.
 
He stresses that the company’s PacPrint objectives lie outside selling only printing equipment. He says, “Really our focus is on providing our customers with the capability to create smart solutions and how we can provide value throughout the whole workflow not just the print engine.
“It is not always about having the best engine; it is always about applying the right equipment to the right workflow and right solutions as effectively as possible.
 
“We have chosen the specific layout of the stand so that visitors can go on the journey through the workflow. In doing this they can then gain an appreciation of all the tools that they can use to optimise their operation. Those tools even extend to the work we do with HP finance in helping to provide financial solutions as well.”
 
He concludes, “For Currie Group, PacPrint is about our customers’ business needs.”
 
EFI
Stand F45
For the first time in Australia EFI will show the VUtek LX3 Pro LED at PacPrint 2017.
The closer printers look at POP, the better it looks. Digital printing is in an opportunistic position for growth in POS (Point-of-Sale)/POP (Point-of-Purchase) by eliminating traditional makeready, reducing unused stock and enabling added value such as VDP (variable data printing). 
Digital LED printing leads the way by consuming less and offering more with the capability to print on a wider variety of new materials, particularly those which are sensitive when exposed to heat.
The EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro is a versatile 3.2-metre hybrid flatbed/rollfed printer designed to complement other digital presses and enhance overall print production capability. With eight colours plus white multilayer printing technology, the LX3 Pro maintains high image quality while meeting the needs of high production throughput, higher volumes and shorter lead times on materials up to 5.08cm thick. 
 
It’s not only appropriate for corrugated sheets, but also for almost any substrate from chipboard to foam and acrylics. With the LX3 Pro, four-colour 600dpi imaging with light smoothing translates into a faster, more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly print solution.
 
Also on EFI’s stand will be the award winning flexible e-Commerce solution Digital StoreFront, which offers a print buyer experience designed to win new business, acquire new customers and grow existing business. The browser-based print MIS, EFI Pace, provides printers with an opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by encompassing an entire organisation’s acquisition, business and production workflow, giving them full control of information and high visibility into both general commercial print and superwide format operations. 
 
The powerful and affordable print management solution for franchise shops, small print shops, print-on-demand and in-plant facilities is PrintSmith Vision, along with EFI DirectSmile, the fully integrated marketing software solution for data-driven print, PURL, email, SMS, social media, mobile media and image personalisation. 
 
EFI will also show the new Fiery NX Pro WorkStation featuring a modern design and updated hardware with the NX Pro platform delivering a 33 per cent performance increase compared with its predecessor.
 
 
Epson
Stand E40
Epson’s  flagship 64” roll-to-roll signage printer, the SureColor SC-S80600, has just become  Pantone certified and joins the industry leading SureColor Prographics range with coverage exceeding 98 per cent. The SC-S80600 has been designed for high colour reproduction on a wide range of substrates including vinyl, canvas, film and paper. It is part of a range of three models that also includes the cost effective SC-S40600 and the high speed SC-S60600. All feature what Epson says is superior quality imaging with simpler, faster and more efficient operation. Prints can be produced using less ink and less power, at faster production speeds, and with significantly faster drying times. Jobs can be turned around in the same day at reduced cost and higher quality. 
 
The SureColor SC-S80600 features the latest PrecisionCore print heads and use UltraChrome GS3 Eco-Solvent ink. It supports resolutions up to 1440x1440dpi and is driven with Epson Precision Dot Technology for precise and predictable output. The heads are self-cleaning and unlike some competing technologies  do not require regular replacement. Epson says the ink produces prints with an exceptional level of brightness and outstanding gamut range. The company is pitching it at those printers who require maximum colour, and says the newly Pantone certified SC-S80600 provides unparalleled performance.
 
The SC-S80600 supports rolls up to 45kg which can be loaded by a single operator complete with auto skew correction. Auto media set-up enables faster and more accurate configuration with spot jobs completed up to 45 per cent faster. A new Epson Control Dashboard application enables easier control while providing access to downloadable media settings, user guides and operator tutorials.
 
A printhead guard provides protection against head crashes while collecting any dust and fluff that may be carried by media. There is also an air circulation system which reduces static build-up while removing airborne dust and ink droplets. A fabric wiper automatically engages as required to ensure that printheads and the headguard are kept clean and operating at maximum performance. All in all these technologies combine to enable better print quality, reduced wastage, and a 50 per cent reduction in maintenance and cleaning.
 
Esko 
Stand A30
“Packaging Simplified is our path forward and our promise to the industry” is the theme on the Esko stand at PacPrint 2017. The company’s goal is to streamline each element of the production process with software and hardware to reduce the learning curve while increasing flexibility, speed, productivity and quality.
 
Esko will introduce significant innovations in software and hardware to help customers manage, create and produce better packaging, signs and displays. The Kongsberg C table is the first multifunction super-wide digital finisher for signage, display, and packaging applications.
 
Esko Software Platform is the latest version of Esko’s portfolio of integrated software solutions for packaging management, design, prepress, workflow automation, colour management and supply chain collaboration for packaging and labels, especially brand owners, pharmaceutical companies and packaging and label converters.
 
With Automation Engine’s new Device Manager module, Esko’s hardware product lines (Kongsberg tables and CDI flexo plate imagers) are connected to, and integrated with, the prepress workflow. Device Manager puts full operational control of these devices in the hands of the prepress operator. It monitors job status, and controls and drives flexo plate making operations. The work in progress, the status and queues of all connected devices are on screen, so the prepress dept has the information it needs to prioritise and manipulate job queues to produce the right plate or cut the right job at the right time.
 
Esko’s GMP compliant WebCenter, a web-based platform, manages packaging pre-production specification, approval and project lifecycle. WebCenter’s Packaging Content Management module supports the cycle of artwork content from end to end.
 
Esko’s ArtPro+, the new 100 per cent PDF native editor, runs on PC and Mac, and uses an intuitive user interface with a software tool selector wheel that provides users with instant access to the right tools.
 
Esko will demonstrate MediaBeacon, a digital asset management software solution, personalised and widget-based, it allows organisations to find, organise, convert, track, and distribute digital media across the enterprise and globally.
 
ArtiosCAD, structural design software for packaging design, has tools designed for structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing.
 
Cape Pack, a solution for packaging design, pallet load optimisation and supply chain profitability, offers customisable reports that contain interactive 3D views of logistics solutions stored in the cloud for easy sharing among all stakeholders. Studio turns ideas into 3D images for creative development or to impress a client. Store Visualizer has 3D stereoscopic rendering, and works with Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles to enable people to see and touch virtual stores.
 
Foxcil/Roller Poster
Stand B54 
Foxcil manufactures a wide range of label products, and is taking the opportunity of PacPrint to show its capabilities. 
 
Where Foxcil  believes it is different is the products it can produce that it claims most other label printers cannot. These include metallic and base foil finishes, unique coding/NFC/RF, synthetic labels free of PVC, two-sided window labels, peel and reveal labels and multi-page labels.
The company’s key market product categories include self-adhesive labels (on rolls), stickers on sheets and ultra-short run packaging.
 
It has the ability to produce strong opaque white, light fast colours, non-toxic FDA food approved colours, and no length restrictions – with any repeat numbers.
 
The Roller Poster team boasts multi-industry experience to guide customers through the print process to ensure results for their business.
 
Roller Poster products include POS display (posters in rolls), bin wraps, printed pallet wraps, table skirts, personalised gift wrap, shelf strips and bunting. The company is able to print on 80um LDPE (indoor/outdoor weather proof displays), 60um pearlised PP (indoor premium displays), and 90gsm gloss paper for gift wrap. Alongside large rolls up to a metre wide, Roller Poster can print shelf strips just 20mm wide.
 
Roller Poster delivers right around Australia, to individual stores or dealerships. 
 
Fuji Xerox Australia
Stand E10
Fuji Xerox Australia will have a large stand displaying its diverse range of digital print solutions.
Of particular interest on the stand for digital printers will be the Versant 3100/180 Press, which the company says can enhance digital printers’ capabilities, increase productivity and build a reputation for quality and creativity. The New Versant Press is an all-in-one solution designed to transform any digital print operation or business.
 
The Versant Press enables booklet finishes with full bleed trim up to 350gsm. With new finishing technology trimming margins at the top, bottom and face edge, it allows image-rich design with full bleed photos. More versatility in applications can be achieved with up to five folding lines such as mountain folds and valley folds enabling creative products. Accordion folding and making lines before folding suppresses broken toner and maintains printing quality.
The Versant series brings automation from beginning to end, making it possible to meet faster turnaround times on smaller runs while reducing errors.
 
Fuji Xerox Australia will also demonstrate the iGen 5 Digital Press. This is Fuji Xerox Australia’s flagship cut-sheet device, and is configured with CMYK plus clear toner with a complete CP Bourg inline booklet finishing solution for PacPrint.  
 
The range of iGen 5 digital presses, available in four and five colours, with the option of clear toner, is a contender in the short run, offset-quality space. The press is also capable of handling short-run packaging jobs with the addition of an optional thick stock kit, enabling stock weights of 530gsm or 610 micron to pass freely through the device.
 
Versatility, reliability and efficiency form the key benefits of the iGen platform. Fuji Xerox Australia welcomes printers to speak with them about the iGen device and any inline finishing requirements they have to automate their business and yield greater profits.
 
Fuji Xerox Australia will show how to keep more jobs in-house, print on new media types, find new markets and new ways to please customers using Fuji Xerox efficiency boosting workflows to keep jobs moving with less wasted time and materials.
 
Hewlett-Packard
Stand D10, D12
Keep reinventing printing with HP at PacPrint 2017. HP Australia will present an extensive array of large-format design and industrial printers at its biggest ever stand at PacPrint 2017. A number of HP Indigo digital presses never before seen in Australia will also be showcased, in partnership with Currie Group. 
 
The first 5,000 pre-registered attendees for PacPrint 2017 will receive a complimentary bottle of wine by famed Australian winemaker, Wolf Blass, featuring an individually personalised label.
These one-of-a-kind wine labels highlight the latest in customised innovation that HP offers its Indigo users via HP SmartStream Mosaic, a design technology software that enables the creation of unique products for a memorable customer experience. 
 
At its biggest ever stand, HP will demonstrate the unlimited customisation opportunities on offer, from bespoke wall or window coverings for the interior décor segment with HP Latex, to digitally printed corrugated applications with HP Scitex. 
 
HP DesignJet large-format printers will also be on show, with devices including the HP DesignJet T3500 and Z6800 enabling users to turn jobs around in record time, making all the difference for businesses wanting to produce AEC, CAD drawings or high-quality photos. 
Experience some of the fastest large-format printers on the market with several HP PageWide XL printers on display, including the HP PageWide XL 5000 and 8000.
 
Currie Group will demonstrate the HP Indigo 12000 inline with a Horizon SmartStacker, and an HP Indigo 8000 and  HP Indigo 7900 inline with a Horizon booklet maker — a world first. 
HP Indigo presses will print marketing collateral for one of the country’s most iconic charities, Cancer Council Australia, live on-site during the four days of the show. Attendees are invited to visit the HP and Currie Group stands to see the various devices helping to bring the Daffodil Day appeal to life. 
 
Each day, HP will produce a range of materials, from A2 and A3 posters with a personalised message of thanks relevant to a specific location, to pamphlets, stickers and even personalised table cloths.
 
HP and Currie Group will be on stands D10 and D12 at PacPrint 2017 in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.   
 
Jet Technologies/Screen GP
Stand D67
Jet Technologies is very excited about PacPrint as it gives the company an opportunity to not only demonstrate its newest technology but also meet with so many clients at the one event.
This year Jet Technologies is co-exhibiting with Screen GP, a reflection of the growing importance of the partnership between the companies, which ironically started at PacPrint nearly ten years ago.
 
From a packaging perspective, Jet technologies recently launched the L250AQ label press, aimed at the small to medium digital label market. The L250AQ is the company’s entry-level inkjet label press. It is an extremely simple to use press that is equally at home in an office environment as it is on a factory floor.
 
Also present will be the L350UV, the company’s top range inkjet label press. With a number of recent installations in Australia and throughout south-east Asia, it is now the leading inkjet label press in the region and continues to impress with print quality, productivity and ease of use.
Screen will also be demonstrating its Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed UV with the roll to roll option, perfect for the growing wide-format POS and display markets.
 
Jet Technologies will also be running live demonstrations of the Pulse Roll Label PureTone UV Flexo ink range, using X-Rite to produce virtually any colour on the first attempt.
Jet welcomes printers to challenge its team with any colour and see a live match and print of that colour within minutes.
 
Also on display will be its newly updated range of cello glazing films, bringing some interesting and unique finishes for sheetfed print.
 
 
 
Konica Minolta
Stand D30
At the show, Konica Minolta Australia will formally introduce its new industrial print system. 
The Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 high speed inkjet B2+ press will take centre stage, highlighting Konica Minolta’s evolution into the large sheet, high speed, high volume capabilities produced with high quality HS-UV Ink. 
 
The development of the Konica Minolta HS-UV ink and Piezo print heads is the key technology behind the capabilities of the AccurioJet KM-1, delivering 1200 x 1200dpi high quality prints with natural glossiness and a large colour gamut, while having minimum impact on the media as only LED light curing is required for instant fixing. 
 
At 3000 sph, the AccurioJet KM-1 is a print platform for commercial printers to transition from their conventional offset press. It  offers advantages such as a large range of media capabilities with no pre-coating or treatment required, media thickness from 0.06mm up to 0.6mm, auto duplex up to 0.45mm. 
 
Other features are a large sheet size of 585 x 750mm and variable data printing settingets the KM-1 ahead of conventional offset print.
 
With the features and benefits of the AccurioJet KM-1, Konica Minolta anticipates that commercial printers will see how their print business can take advantage of the new printing opportunities and markets this inkjet digital print system will open up for them. According to Konica Minolta, the KM-1 is cost effective, requires minimal set-up time and ongoing labour when introduced into a digital or hybrid workflow, which means that commercial printers will be able to meet their customer demands faster.
 
Konica Minolta welcomes everyone who has the opportunity to visit PacPrint 2017 to see the high colour quality prints that are produced on the AccurioJet KM-1 and view its other industrial print systems showcased at this major print trade show. 
 
Print & Pack Australia
Stand B14
Leading equipment supplier Print & Pack Australia/New Zealand, formerly known as Ferrostaal Australia/New Zealand, is ready to present its new company branding with new ownership and big plans for the future. The company represents some of the industry’s leading brands in capital equipment, selling to multiple sectors of the printing industry.
 
Print & Pack will present the latest technology from four suppliers: digital finishing from Morgana; Anilox roller treatment via Alphasonics; measuring technology from Troika and  Baumer HHS glue application systems. 
 
Print & Pack will have a sales team available to discuss equipment solutions across the board. A list of suppliers handled by Print & Pack Australia/New Zealand includes:
  • Bobst – folding carton and corrugated board 
  • Lamina – sheet board laminating
  • Bickers – glue, large-format POS
  • Heiber + Schröder – window patching and carton erecting
  • Krifft & Zipsner – handling of sheet and cardboard piles
  • Baumer  – secure glue systems
  • Komori – offset and digital inkjet
  • Mutoh - wide format inkjet.
  • Alphasonics – clean flexographic and gravure print rolls
  • Troika – 3D analysis management systems 
  • MBO – high speed folding
  • Herzog & Heymann – flexible folding solutions
  • Osako – high speed saddle binders
  • Wohlenberg – perfect binders and trimmers
  • Kolbus – speed perfect binding, hard case binding, box packaging 
  • Meccanotecnica – Aster book sewing equipment 
  • Bograma – rotary die cutting.
  • Palamides – automated delivery 
  • Recmi Industrie – palletisation and robotics.
  • QI Press Controls – closed loop
  • EAE – control desks.
 
printIQ
Stand C40
printIQ has the answer for printers looking to solve  estimating turnaround problems, taking their business online or taking the leap into becoming an efficient and modern print company. 
 
printIQ is a web based application with which everyone accesses the application from an internet browser. Production staff manage the factory while customers quote, order and track, all from within same application. With no software to install, no separate web portal or online ordering system to add on, printIQ represents a quantum shift from what most printers are doing now.
By utilising a Cloud-based solution, or SaaS (Software as a Service) model, printIQ offers shorter implementation times, lower upfront costs and subscription-based payments. If combined with shorter, less costly development cycles and simplified functionality updates;  printIQ is growing a loyal fan base in Australia, New Zealand and North America. printIQ is researched, developed and supported in Australia and New Zealand.
 
People  are now realising the benefits of using a local company. Most companies in the local market are simply distributors for foreign companies, whereas printIQ has a local development team to adapt solutions to fit the specific requirements of the local market.
 
printIQ is  expanding and  developing its product to ensure that it is far more than a quoting and production tool and has released a range of new modules to enhance the core offering. These include  IQconnect-Integrate to deliver a range of printIQ APIs, IQconnect-SmartSite to power marketing oriented websites with printIQ as the shopping cart, IQconnect-XMPie to connect XMPie directly to printIQ with two-way API communication, and IQanalytics-Dashboard to displays data turned into business intelligence that can be easily understood.
 
In a time when print management software desperately needs to keep up with the changing market, very few providers have an active R&D programme  in place. printIQ is focused on the future of print, and is backed  up by a local development team that is accessible and focused on delivering enhanced functionality to the core product. 
 
Combining a comprehensive off the shelf MWS with custom software development skills and print industry experts, printIQ’s dedicated solutions can deliver exceptional results.
 
SCREEN GP
Stand D67
Screen GP is sharing its stand D67 with its label and flexo reseller, Jet Technologies, and will have ample working equipment on show.
 
New for PacPrint, the Truepress Jet L250AQ digital label press, a 250mm wide inkjet web machine for entry into digital label production for short-run and variable data label production. At Auspack the printer showed excellent quality and definition, even for the finest type, and a range of gloss, matt and silk stocks have been tested and approved for use with the 1600 x 1600dpi Memjet printheads and dye-based aqueous inks. The ink droplet size is amongst the smallest in the industry at 1.9 picolitres, which yields the finest definition text and details.
 
When operated at 1,600 x 800dpi, speed jumps from nine linear mpm to 18 linear mpm. A small floor-standing device, it has proper reel-to-reel web handling with cleaning and an intuitive touch-screen. Part of the supplied software suite can even calculate the cost per label based on substrate and ink usage.
 
The Truepress Jet L350UV, a UV-ink curing press with a wider 350mm web width and the addition of white ink, a UV machine that prints on a broader range of substrates and lends itself to flexible packaging and folding carton work. It can adjust register in a similar way to conventional presses, and the ability to run reels down to 100mm in width. A reel-to-reel press, it partner with inline or offline finishing solutions such as Screen’s Jetconverter 350 or other devices.
The Truepress Jet W3200UV flatbed UV printer for sign, display, POP and short-run packaging is a 3200 x 1600mm bed device shown with a roll-to-roll option, six-colours plus white inks, auto head cleaning and  nozzle mapping. The latest MkII version is capable of speeds of up to 230m2 per hour in Billboard mode.
 
“It will be a very active stand,” says Screen MD Peter Scott. “Both Screen and Jet personnel will be on hand for label press demos and Fujifilm will have our PlateRite 4600S CtP on their stand (E10) also.”
 
Tharstern
Stand B16
Tharstern hosts an international contingent on its stand this year.Tharstern ANZ managing director Tresta Keegan, says, “We agreed that if we could distil the international expertise you have to traipse kilometres to access at that show (and Ipex), demonstrating cloud based ordering, automated imposition, pushing the job down to the press with real-time data into a powerful MIS, we’d be maximising  everyone’s best use of time. Printers doing their necessary due diligence will be able to deal directly with the respective vendors.
 
The stand will include individuals, companies and products that work together to provide collective end users with diverse choices when it comes to implementing effective, proven workflows around a robust MIS.  Insoft Automation (ganging and imposition software); Enfocus Switch (workflow automation) with Yves Roussange (Soltect) as a local rep; and Vpress (online ordering) are on board.
 
Keegan adds, “We have also located our stand alongside Agfa so we can take advantage of similar conversations. We have joint customers using the JDF connection between Tharstern and Apogee, and this relationship is of great value to us. We are looking at what we can bring to the stand with regards to HP SmartStream Production Centre and long established partnerships with Fuji for XMF and Kodak for Prinergy.
 
“Our primary goal is to show how vital successful partnerships are in this industry. No one provider is an expert in all areas and each print environment is better served when their core strengths are supported through technology. That is, in part, reliant upon the software, but predominantly the make-or-break depends upon all parties having a vested interest in communicating.”
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