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  • New TrueVis picks up prestigious award

    The new TrueVis VG2 series picked up the ISA Sign Expo Innovation Award in the Printer category.

    The new Roland DG TrueVis VG2 series of eco-solvent printer-cutters has won the 2019 ISA Sign Expo Innovation Award in the “Printer” category.

    The VG2-540 and VG2-640 models were given the prestigious award after launching at ISA Sign Expo 2019. According to Andrew Oransky, president and CEO of Roland DGA, it is an important recognition of the quality of the series.

    “To have ISA recognise our new TrueVis VG2 Series as a standout product for 2019 is quite an honour, especially considering the stiff competition. The cutting-edge technologies and features of these next-generation printer cutters put them in a class by themselves.

    “An amazing amount of research and effort went into the design and development of these machines, ensuring that every VG2 is built to exceed the needs of the most demanding graphics professional,” he said.

    Kohei Tanabe, president of Roland DG’s digital printing business division, added that the VG2 series has the highest output quality in Roland DG’s history.

    “Roland DG is committed to providing products to help graphic providers and sign makers unleash their creative possibilities, transform their imagination into reality, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment when people react to their output graphics with ‘wow’,” he said.

    Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO, said the judges were impressed by the machines’ technological advancements, colour choices, and improved efficiency and accuracy.

    “The ISA Innovation Award winners truly represent the most creative and innovative products available on the ISA Sign Expo floor. Attendees at ISA Sign Expo have come to expect groundbreaking products and the latest solutions. These raise the bar,” she said.

  • EFI demos wide-format “game changer”

    EFI will show off its “game-changing” Pro 32r roll-to-roll LED printer in a webinar next week, hosted in conjunction with Print21.

    EFI product specialist Dani Alkalay will join Print21 editor Wayne Robinson to take viewers through a live demo of the all-in-one production-level printer next Thursday 11 April.

    “With a production level printing up to 207 m² per hour, the EFI Pro 32r roll-to-roll LED printer is designed for mid-volume print shops that want to grow their roll business with more competitive price per square meter and for large commercial printers that need specialty roll-to-roll or in-house capability,” said EFI.

    “Win more jobs, achieve faster turns and eliminate outsourcing. It’s game on!”

    Registration is open now for the event, which will take place at 10am Sydney time, 8am Perth and Singapore time, and 9am Tokyo time next Thursday morning.

  • Unimax steps up for Screen digital labels

    New Zealand-based label printer Unimax in Auckland, is the latest label convertor to install a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV. The combined power and expertise of Jet Technologies, Screen GP Australia and Fujifilm NZ, saw the company halve its production times.

    Unimax specialises in agriculture, transportation, health and food and beverage labels. With more than 30 years’ experience, the convertor is committed to offering the best value labels as well as promoting best practice environmental business. It aims to reuse or recycle the majority of its physical waste, reduce energy consumption, improve workplace efficiency and safety, and help customers lower their environmental impact.

    To support the growth and competitiveness of its business into the future, Unimax was looking to offer more variety in the printing options available to customers. After considering what is available, it made the decision to invest in a new digital printing solution.

    “We were looking for a digital printing press that offered the highest quality print product, consistency and was the most cost effective,” said Dinesh Kumar, director. “After weighing up the available options, we made the decision that the Screen L350UV stood out as the best solution.”

    Jet Technologies was brought in to consult on the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV with the assistance of Screen GP Australia and Fujifilm NZ. The L350UV offers a modern addition to the Unimax business, that was previously only printed conventionally.

    “By now being able to offer its clients both conventional and digital printing, Unimax is positioned as a fully-rounded label print house,” said Jack Malki, Director, Jet Technologies. “This allows them to offer a variety of options to customers.”

    The benefits of the L350UV

    The Screen L350 was an attractive option for Unimax due to the fact that its high speeds make it a very cost-effective option. Additionally, it delivers a higher uptime of 94 per cent compared to other printers, meaning more throughput and less bottlenecks.

    Digital printing opens up more colour options, including white ink, and the colour is more vibrant. The L350 also ensures that colour consistency is assured on every job.

    Label durability is also another benefit of the printer, with a longevity of 12 months minimum.

    “We needed a press that was capable of high-quality labels that wouldn’t scuff, fade or scratch,” Dinesh explained. “With the L350 we can also print on a wide range of substrates, including textured and silver, which avoids the need for top coating finishes such as foils.”

    “Being digital, the Screen L350 allows for variable data printing, while keeping set-up times low. It also opens the door to much more customisable labels to meet the needs and preferences of customers.”

    The results for Unimax

    Investing in bringing digital printing in house, rather than having to outsource has made Unimax a more competitive and versatile label printing business.

    It has made a big impact on the productivity of Unimax’s label printing, which has enabled the company to increase capacity and take on more customers.

    “The L350 is a very fast printer and on average we’re printing at 50 metres per minute. With the print jobs we’ve been able to move over from conventional printing & we have halved the time required,” Dinesh explained.

    “We’re also now able to offer customers a solution if they have urgent print jobs, as with the L350 we can do these in a day.”


  • Mark Andy buys print finishing company

    A Mark Andy press.

    Narrow web press manufacturer Mark Andy has acquired Brandtjen & Kluge, a US manufacturer of high-quality print finishing equipment for foil stamping, die cutting, folding and gluing, and UV coating.


    “Mark Andy is excited to add a company with such a recognizable brand that has been built over decades with thousands of installations and satisfied customers worldwide,” said Kevin Wilken, CEO, Mark Andy. “We look forward to continuing Kluge’s tradition of high quality products, services, and consumables with the broader support of Mark Andy’s global infrastructure.”


    Kluge provides customers a full life cycle solution for offline finishing with OEM parts and consumables, high quality services, and innovative equipment.


    With a dedication to small and medium size formats, Kluge equipment is an ideal finishing solution for commercial printers and finishers, direct mail manufacturers, as well as packaging converters.


    “Kluge is an industry leader in print finishing and has evolved over the years to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers,” said Michael Aumann, CEO, at Brandtjen and Kluge. “The Brandtjen family is very proud of the legacy they have established and nurtured since the company was founded in 1919. 


    “We view today’s transaction as an opportunity to continue growing our business while joining an even larger family that will allow us to build on our commitment of manufacturing durable equipment and to consistently support profitable operations for our customers.” 


    Aumann will continue to lead Kluge as president of the Brandtjen & Kluge division which will continue its operations in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.




  • Starleaton’s catalogue is an industry tool

    Starleaton has released a comprehensive 174-page wide format catalogue – its first since the merger with DES and combining both organisations’ products.

    Apart from being an easy-to-use commercial catalogue, it features a sixteen-page Applications Guide that matches wide format materials with process compatibility (Aqueous, Solvent, Latex, UV, Dye-sublimation and Laser) and over thirty application suitabilities from Art to Window Graphics. Additionally, environmental and flame retardant properties are referenced.

    Lamination and mounting has not been overlooked, with adhesive properties noted. Hardware from EFI, Epson, Roland, OKI, SEAL, Flexa, Rollover, Neschen, X-Rite, Eizo, Just, Trimalco and Zünd is featured along with software from CGS, Onyx, ColorGate and EFI.

    “Since pricing is a variable factor, customers will be able to log in online for their own pricing and discount structure, the catalogue does not feature prices as it is a resource to help the industry,” says Ines Eaton, marketing manager of Starleaton. “The application guide in particular has taken a lot of work and I am proud of the way it has turned out and will help printers determine the best materials for specific applications.”

    The catalogue is available three ways:

    To receive your free copy of the 2017-18 Starleaton catalogue, just call 1300 880 605 or use the above links.

    Starleaton is a 100% Australian-owned and operated importer, converter and distributor of materials, hardware, software and know-how for the Signage, Display, Exhibition, Photography, Graphic Arts and Packaging industries. In 2016 Starleaton acquired DES, a leading Australian supplier in similar fields.



  • Avery Dennison adds ‘muscle car’ film colours

    Avery Dennison has rolled out four new pastel colours of Supreme Wrapping Film for car installers and enthusiasts that celebrate “the vintage beauty of American muscle cars.”

    Launched across Australia and New Zealand, the distinctive pastel tones celebrate iconic American muscle cars – two-door high-performance vehicles – from the sixties. The new colours in gloss film are Light Pistachio, Cloudy Blue, Sea Breeze Blue and Smoky Blue.

    “These soft, pastel colours were inspired by the classic muscle cars – gleamingly cool yet powerful and tough,” says Jordan Leach, business manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

    “These pastels are perfect for car installers and enthusiasts looking to achieve an arresting impact.”

    The Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio includes more than 100 colours and finishes. Best-in-class performance and easy installation are offered by Easy Apply RSTM air egress technology – Supreme Wrapping Films can be repositioned easily during application, for bubble-free results.

    For the full range of Supreme Wrapping Film available, visit

  • Esko releases cutting table for cartons

    The Kongsberg C66

    Esko has launched the Kongsberg C66, a digital finishing table for short run production of corrugated applications that was developed as part of the company’s robotics program.

    “The Kongsberg C66 was designed to meet market demand for larger format solutions for finishing rigid materials,” says Esko product manager Tom Naess. “It boosts productivity and, when combined with robotics, ensures non-stop production. This allows for fast, efficient completion of heavy-duty packaging and shorter runs without compromising on quality. By moving shorter runs to the Kongsberg C66, operations can eliminate the time and cost associated with conventional diecutting solutions that become unwieldy when dealing with short runs and compressed cycle times.”

    The Kongsberg C66 is the largest digital cutting table for heavy-duty corrugated production and was developed as part of Kongsberg’s robotics program.

    Its combination of size, speed and precision on heavy-duty rigid materials such as corrugated cartons makes it a flexible and effective alternative to conventional diecutting equipment for short run corrugated productions of packaging and POP displays.

    The C66 can run at 100 m/min, handling either manual multi-zone production of large 2.2m x 3.2m (87in x 126in) sheets or single-zone production of large 2.5m x 4.8m (98in x 189in) corrugated sheets.

    This makes it suited for the production of protective packaging with a maximum sheet size of 2.5m x 4.8m, corrugated containers made from HD double-wall or triple-wall corrugated and packaging and POP displays. The Kongsberg C66 is also capable of processing other materials required in the protective packaging environment, including foam cushioning materials.

    For more details, click here.





  • Agfa Graphics secures NZME digital plate contract

    (L-R) Russell Wieck, NZME, and Grant Macfarlane, Agfa.

    Agfa Graphics has secured a digital plate contract with NZME, and will be the sole plate supplier in moving the Ellerslie print centre forward with the introduction of N95-VCF chemistry-free violet plate technology alongside Attiro high-speed clean out units.

    Agfa Graphics has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply the Auckland-based site. Installation of the new technology began in November with the removal of older-style chemical processors and the installation of two Attiro high speed clean-out units. Agfa will also remove aging punch bending equipment and replace with two high-speed NELA VCPevolution 900 punch benders.

    Steve Marshall, business development manager at Agfa Graphics, said Agfa is proud to work in partnership with NZME with the introduction of this technology to the region. “Having worked closely with NZME for many years, we had a thorough understanding of the sales and support requirements at this key newspaper account,” he said.

    Russell Wieck, Operations Manager at the Ellerslie print site says, “During the tender process Agfa stood out as the clear leader for us to partner with due to their chemistry-free plate technology that will offer NZME significant savings in terms of reductions in chemistry, waste, water and maintenance, all of which contribute to a significant return on investment. The chemistry-free plate technology coupled with the level of service and support offered by Agfa gives us peace of mind for our daily production needs.

    “NZME has been a long-time user of Agfa’s Arkitex Director workflow software and this will be transitioned to our current Arkitex Production software during the contract period.”

    Agfa’s chemistry-free plate technology has been in use for more than 5 years in the Oceania region, but the NZME installation will see the first roll-out of the Attiro technology alongside the high run length N95-VCF plate which is rated for both coldset and UV applications. This cascade technology for newspapers offers minimal gum consumption, significantly extended bath life, lower maintenance and minimal water usage, the result being a clear latent image on a fully developed, gummed plate meaning no confusion on press.

    The two lines of NELA VCPevolution punch bending will offer optical plate alignment and will handle both single and panorama plate. It will punch and bend in one step with register-exact positioning via high-resolution digital cameras ahead of plates being sorted and stacked accordingly to press requirements.

  • KM specialised print awards finalists

    Konica Minolta has announced the state finalists for its National Specialised Print Awards 2017, with the event to be held in Sydney next Thursday November 16.

    The judging panel for the awards, which are in their second year and celebrate outstanding work produced on Konica Minolta digital presses, included industry experts such as Kellie Northwood of Two Sides Australia, John Wanless of Bambra Press, Robert Brussolo of Ball and Doggett, and Darrell John of Konica Minolta.

    Anthony Lewis, Konica Minolta

    Anthony Lewis, general manager for specialised print at Konica Minolta, said the high standard of entries were a testament to the performance of Konica Minolta devices. “Konica Minolta is impressed with the calibre of entries we received this year. We would like to congratulate the finalists for their outstanding work, and thank all who took the time to enter. We look forward to celebrating at the National Specialised Print Awards event,” he said.

    State finalists are:
    · NSW – Digital Press for ‘A Meeting of Words’
    · VIC – The Type Factory for ‘Sketches’
    · QLD – Design Line for ‘Redlands City Council’
    · WA – Images on Paper for ‘Finches in Australia’
    · SA – Who you creative for ‘The Waratah’
    · Label Print Award – Shire Labels for ‘Urban Agent’

    The winner will be announced in Sydney next Thursday November 16, and will receive return flights, accommodation and entry to GRAPH EXPO 18 in Chicago, USA.

  • Australia’s first GTX garment printer installed

    The new Brother GTX at Das T-Shirt Automat in Melbourne.

    Sydney-based supplier GJS has installed Australia’s first Brother GTX garment printer at custom t-shirt printing business Das T-Shirt Automat, which has three stores in Melbourne.

    Das T-Shirt co-founder Ed Redman says the GTX will be integrated into its existing workflow to increase production.

    “By investing in the latest direct-to-garment technology, not only can we continue to deliver on this philosophy, but we can also speed up production and increase our output,” says Redman. “Our philosophy has always been to deliver an exceptional-quality printed product, no matter if our customers are ordering a single shirt at one of our storefronts, or having 200 designs created.”

    The Brother GTX garment printer

    The GTX features Brother’s next-generation printheads that deliver fast print speeds at a constant 1200 x 1200 dpi, while maintaining one-pass printing for all print sizes. A new white ink circulation system and wet capping station help to reduce both maintenance costs and time.

    “We have never seen such interest and appetite for a new printer than what we have seen with the GTX,” says Greg Stone, MD, GJS. “What this demonstrates is that the Australian market is at a level of education and maturity with direct-to-garment technology where it will continue to seek out and embrace newer technology, which at the end of the day is a win for end-users and consumers.”

    Brother’s newly developed Innobella Textile Inks deliver a 30% wider colour gamut than the GTX’s predecessor, delivering stronger purples, blues and pinks and with the inclusion of 800mb of onboard memory that allows the operator to store up to 100 designs in the printer itself. The GTX can be operated without a PC or USB if needed.

    The Brother GTX has an RRP of $A24,999 and is available at GJS via:


  • Back to the future at Visual Impact

    Visual Impact is ‘going retro’ with a range of traditional signcraft skills featured in ‘see, learn and have a go’ workshop sessions which will be run daily by master craftsmen during next week’s show at Sydney’s new ICC at Darling Harbour.

    While advances in digital technology dominate the signage industry, Visual Impact Sydney will be showcasing traditional signmaking skills to inspire youth and highlight the significance of master tradesmen in the current market.

    Traditional Signage is one of several workshops which will be running over the three days of the show and will include hands-on demonstrations of traditional brushwork, goldleaf, pinstriping and air brushing by industry-leading specialists Paul Jordan, Ian Stewart-Koster, Roger Warsop, Ray Cosier and Adrian Marchio.

    Traditional Brushwork

    Brushwork is perhaps the quintessential ‘signwriting’ skill, and visitors to VI will be able to see Ray Cosier demonstrate his techniques. Ray and his colleagues at Raymar signs in Londonderry blend traditional skills with cutting-edge technology to deliver a full range of solutions to their clients, and he says it’s vital people understand that ‘not everything happens with the touch of a button’.

    Gold Leaf

    Gold adds the ultimate impression of quality, and the workshop will offer visitors a rare opportunity to see demonstrations of gold leaf, traditional brushwork and pinstriping techniques by master tradesman Paul Jordan. Paul, from Jordan Signs Caringbah, will share his family’s three generations of experience and skill in an area which he says is still in high demand today, particularly for professional and corporate clients, high end retail, government and the hotel industry.


    When it comes to traditional pinstriping on vintage cars, bikes, trucks and even horse-drawn carriages, there’s no one more qualified than workshop demonstrator, Ian Stewart-Koster of Traditional Signs, Queensland. Ian specialises in advertising, business promotion and signage and is serious about quality, delivering unique, long-lasting products which combine today’s technology and ideas with traditional skills and crafts.

    Hand Painting

    Also demonstrating pinstriping and other traditional hand painting techniques at the sessions, will be Roger Warsop from Retroline in Sydney, who is passionate about traditional sign painting as a creative and dynamic alternative for those who want something ‘classic and original’. A hand-lettering expert, Roger demonstrates his skill at car shows and other events, reporting strong interest from both customers and sign professionals in these ‘retro’ skills.

    Air Brushing

    Highly regarded air brush artist, Adrian Marchio from Airbrushworld, will demonstrate the skill and artistry which he has used on projects from classic hotrods and custom bikes, to heavy haulage trucks, drag and ski boats, ice-cream vans, food trailers and high-end murals. Visitors are sure to be amazed by the discipline of fine graphic and detailed mixed-media illustration artistry which is the cornerstone to his award-winning work.

    “The industry is very much focussed on technology but traditional sign making in its many forms, still has an important role and we aim to showcase these skills to a new generation at the show,” says Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for Visual Connections.

    “These workshops will complement other hands-on sessions on today’s technology, including colour management, lasers, heat transfer and vehicle wrapping, among other things, and we are thrilled to be giving VI visitors the unique and rare experience to see the masters in action, and learn more about these traditional techniques.”

    Visual Impact Sydney will run from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October at the ICC, Darling Harbour.

     The show is free for industry professionals to attend, but bookings are essential – to register, click on the link or go to  More information about the show, including a full workshop program and list of exhibitors, is available on the Visual Connections website



  • One week left to enter Canon Océ Arizona awards

    Entries for Canon Australia’s first Océ Arizona Awards close next Friday September 29, and Canon is urging its Arizona customers to submit their best work before the deadline.

    Garry Muratore, Canon.

    Announced at PacPrint in May, the awards celebrate the expertise and creativity of Arizona customers on a platform that has won more than 50 awards and had more than 6000 installations worldwide, says Garry Muratore, product manager display graphics at Canon Australia, who will judge the competition. “We believe that 90 percent of digital print applications have yet to be thought of. We see evidence of this every day in the skill and innovation of the Océ Arizona community across Australia.

    “I’m constantly amazed to what our customer base continues to produce using this technology, and I look forward to being a part of a program that recognises their skill and effort,” Muratore said.

    Entries, which must be produced on a Canon Océ Arizona printer, will be judged in three categories:

    Most Technical – the application will be high value, multi-layered print on objects that demonstrate high level of difficulty.
    Most Effective – the application will be high impact but not necessarily technical. The project objective and the environment in which the application appears will be considered.
    Most Creative and Innovative – the application will be advanced or original.

    The awards dinner will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017, in Sydney. For more details or to enter, visit

  • Market leaders sign up for VI workshops 

    A previous Visual Impact workshop

    Visual Impact expos are well known for the opportunity to ‘see, touch and feel’ the latest technology, systems and developments in sign, display, engraving and wide format – but over recent years, the complementary workshop program offered at the shows have been just as big a drawcard, and VI Sydney in October will be no exception.

    With industry professionals already registering in their hundreds for the October show, which is to be held at the new ICC at Darling Harbour, attendance at the daily workshop sessions – with ‘Inspiring the Future’ as their theme – is expected to be strong, with plenty of options for both students and industry professionals to choose from.

    Graphic Art Mart and Avery Dennison will be presenting free Vehicle and Graphic Training workshops throughout the show, with three student and three trade sessions available throughout each day. These vehicle wrapping sessions are always a highlight of Visual Impact, and will run on the hour for about 30-40 minutes, taking delegates through the basics and providing hands-on experience with wrapping techniques and tools.

    Trotec Laser will run two Introduction to Laser basics workshop for students each morning, covering how laser beams are generated and used. The sessions will feature practical laser engraving and cutting demonstrations on a Trotec laser machine, highlighting the relationship between power and speed. In the afternoon, the company will run four sessions for trade professionals. At 1.30 and 3pm, visitors can learn how to get the most out of their laser equipment for perfect repeatability, waste minimization and accurate job placement, using the latest laser technology, job control and materials processing systems. At 12.30 every day and 4pm every day except Friday, further sessions will compare the benefits of galvo and flatbed lasers. As well as discussing situations where each should be used, the in-depth session will cover advanced topics such as focus tolerances, border position, wobble function and process automation.

    Roland DG will run Heat Transfer workshops throughout the show, where participants will learn how to create customized clothing and accessories like hats, promotional items, bags and more, using the company’s print and cut technology, while ICFX Global and Tec-Know Signage will present morning workshops for students on LEDs and the Signage Industry, followed by 3pm sessions for professionals titled ‘Think outside the SIGN box with LEDs’.

    Another highlight for visitors is sure to be workshops each morning and afternoon looking at the new CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite 2017, the latest version of the industry’s favourite graphics solution. Designed to maximise creative potential, the latest powerful version of CorelDRAW® offers a number of new tools and shortcuts to enhance productivity and workflow, and will be well worth a look at the show.

    Rounding out the workshop program will be sessions from Starleaton, covering all aspects of Colour Management, and specialist sessions on Sublimation Systems.

    Those who take the opportunity to attend these informative sessions will also be able to see nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing everything from innovations in signage and displays, to engraving and routing, wide-format and sublimation print technology and vinyl fabrication, and visit a comprehensive display by Re-Engineering Australia, sure to be a popular destination for students keen for information and connections to help them pursue careers in the industry.

    Visual Impact Sydney will run from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October at the ICC, Darling Harbour. The show is free for industry professionals to attend, but bookings are essential – to register, click on the link or go to To book one of the remaining exhibition spaces, contact the Visual Connections team on (02) 9868 1577 or

    Online Registration Link:

  • Truepress Jet520 wins innovation award

    Image Screen’s Truepress Jet 520HD with SC inks, pictured at Silhouet Digital, Belgium with owner Peter Debaere.

    Screen will have a major presence at Print 17, Chicago, USA, which opened on Sunday 10th September. The stand theme is ‘Achieve the Extraordinary in Print.’

    Significant upgrades to Screen’s Truepress Jet520 series of high-speed, roll-fed inkjet presses will be shown, including the new SC inks that allow printing on coated and uncoated offset stocks without priming. Screen’s EQUIOS universal workflow platform will feature some ground-breaking advances for short-run book production.

    As previously announced, and to be featured at Labelexpo, Brussels, will be a new version of the Truepress Jet L350UV digital label presse – the L350UV+LM with low migration inks for food labels and packaging. It features a nitrogen purge mechanism that accelerates UV curing to prevent deep ink penetration of substrates and now runs at up to 60 metres per minute.

    However, it is Screen’s response to requests from high volume digital press users for inkjet printability on standard coated/uncoated offset stocks, rather than more expensive inkjet-receptive coatings that is attracting the most attention. Although still being refined for commercial release, Print17 visitors will be treated to technology demonstrations of the Truepress Jet 520HD reel-fed press printing with up to six colours for an unrivalled gamut, and with new SC inks that adhere to standard offset stocks with outstanding definition.

    “What initially sets the Truepress Jet520HD apart is its unique printhead technology,” says Peter Scott, MD of Screen Australia. “The press is able to place 2-picoliter droplets — the world’s smallest level — exactly where the dots are required on paper as it moves through a high-speed transfer system. Combined with the maximum true resolution of 1,200 dpi, the Truepress Jet520HD clearly images detail smaller than 0.10 of a point. The result is a sharp, eye-catching finish with no ink spread or jaggies.”

    “Now, with the release of SC inks, digital printers have breakthrough absorption technology eliminating any pre-processing or additional primer coatings that are typically required to print to standard offset coated papers. Printing directly to the paper saves time and cost and preserves the paper surface texture to open up a range of new possibilities and new markets for inkjet printing including commercial print, catalogues, magazines and high end books. The term ‘offset quality’ is perhaps overused, but this is the closest to it I have seen. The Printing Industry of America thinks so too as the 520HD with SC inks has just been awarded its 2017 Intertech award for innovation excellence.”

    Print 17 Chicago runs from September 10 to 14 and Screen’s stand number is 2613.







  • Versatile new platesetter series from Screen

    The new Screen PlateRite Ultima 1600N CtP device.

    Screen GP Australia says the new series of VLF 16-page Ultima 16000N Platesetters, to be previewed at PRINT Chicago from 10-14 September, delivers improved productivity and energy efficiency. 

    The new PlateRite Ultima 1600N models bring the energy-saving, productivity and dot quality of the PlateRite 8900 8-up CtP series, into the VLF size. Three speed variations follow the ‘Z, S and E’ suffixes of the 8900 series, with an impressive top speed of 42 plates per hour on the Z model at 1420 x 1180mm maximum size.

    “Although it’s a VLF CtP, it can also produce four-up, six-up and eight-up plate sizes,” says Screen GP managing director Peter Scott. “A small plate option will enable 450 x 370mm plate sizes to be produced. For packaging work on oversize presses, this versatility is a big advantage. The same can be said where a 16-page web press is used alongside sheetfed machines.

    “With the addition of the MA-L16000N II multi-cassette autoloader system, a total of up to 450 plates can be supplied automatically which greatly extends the length of continuous operation, boosting productivity and reducing handling,” says Scott.

    All Ultima platesetters are equipped with the latest GLV (grating light valve) imaging heads, creating major improvements in the optical system. The heads produce significantly more uniform light distribution while a high-precision auto-focus mechanism allows the output of Screen’s proprietary Spekta 2 hybrid screening and Randot X 20 (20 μm) FM screening for excellent dynamic range and detail. PlateRite Ulima 1600N-Z models feature 1,024 imaging heads while the S (29 plates per hour) and E (17 plates per hour) models have 512.

    Energy use during operation has been reduced by up to 55%, with standby energy reduction reduced by up to 83%. An online maintenance support package, known as TRUST, is nearing completion and will ensure the CtP systems remain in optimal condition at all times 24/7. 

    “Although CtP is a mature market, as the world’s leading manufacturer, Screen will continue fulfilling its development responsibilities to our CtP customers and dealers,” says Scott. “The new PlateRite Ultima 1600N series and support system is a good example of this.”

  • Zünd now cuts both ways – knife and laser

    Zünd’s LM 100W Laser Module

    In a move that is sure to shake up the digital textile area, Starleaton announces that its supply partner Zünd, has introduced the LM 100W Laser Module, to cut and seal polyester fabrics in one efficient process

    Because of the modular head system employed on Swiss-made Zünd cutting tables, users can switch between many cutting modes plus routing, and now laser cutting and sealing. Sign and display applications are increasingly moving toward textiles, as was apparent at Starleaton’s Digital Textile Open House held at the end of September.

    “Textiles offer lightness, versatility, excellent colour rendition and handling for soft signage, theatrical backdrops or back-lit applications,” notes CEO Ben Eaton. “Edge-fraying has sometimes been a problem with solutions such as ‘hot knives’ and seam-sewing offering a partial remedy. Now with Zünd’s new LM 100W Laser Module, textile printers can cut and seal edges all in one go.”

    Zünd itself claims that soft signage offers tremendous potential in the vast and diverse world of visual communication media. Polyester fabrics are beginning to conquer applications previously ruled by paper and PVC substrates. To facilitate cutting this material, Zünd developed the LM 100W laser module.

    The LM 100W automates what has long been a separate, manual operation and thereby also eliminates the need for seaming. The LM 100W also delivers impeccable cut quality repeatability because laser cutting is a touch-free process and no hold-down is required during processing.

    In minutes, one operator can convert a Zünd cutter to a full-blown laser-cutting system in a few simple steps.  Once the laser job is completed, it is just as easy to reconfigure the cutter with modules for knife-cutting, passé partout or routing.

    The Zünd laser module is equipped with an air-cooled CO2 100W laser with a processing speed of 44m/144 ft per min. As a Class 1 laser, it requires no special safety gear such as protective glasses. The laser module is fully enclosed, which provides reliable protection for the operator.

    Starleaton is a 100% Australian-owned and operated importer, converter and distributor of materials, hardware, software and know-how for the Signage, Display, Exhibition, Photography, Graphic Arts and Packaging industries. In 2016 Starleaton acquired DES, a leading Australian supplier in similar fields, to create the ANZ region’s most dynamic supplier in these industries. Starleaton is family-owned and run, with family values that extend to customer service, product integrity, staff training and the development of young people in the workforce.


  • LED a power saver: SAled at Visual Impact

    Interior LED lighting

    The role LED technologies can play in creating more efficient, cost-effective illumination for signage, retail and interior fit-out applications, will be the focus for specialist suppliers SAled Australia when they unveil the most recent developments at Visual Impact Sydney in October.

    Managing Director Ryan Byun says the company is keen to give Sydney a taste of what visitors enjoyed at the company’s highly successful PacPrint exhibit earlier this year, and to have the more ‘in depth’ conversations which a smaller format show – and the specialised focus of Visual Impact – allows.

    “The undoubted highlight of VI will be our purpose-built LED Demonstrator Case which allows visitors to test and compare LED power usage with that of conventional lighting products and calculate the savings they could make by reducing the amount of power used for lighting,” Ryan says.

    “With power costs a growing issue for business, it’s very much economic as well as environmental factors which are driving continued development in this field, and the operating and maintenance costs of LED now equate to about a third of a comparable fluoro unit over a five-year period. Unsurprisingly, this is driving huge interest not only in new systems like opal acrylic and larger Flex Face units, but also the refurbishment of existing fluoro lightboxes by using reflective surfaces and clever solutions like sidelight 3LED modules,” he explains.

    Clearly, SAled know what they’re talking about, and it’s this depth of product expertise, gained over more than 20 years’ experience in the illuminated signage industry, which sets the company apart just as much as the extensive product range available at its website.

    “We have a more than 80 different premium LED modules, from back- and side-lit systems, to 3D letter modules, flood, spotlights and strip lighting from leading names like Samsung, LG, NEC, MeanWell, OSRAM and Philips, to a wide range of specialist products for illuminated signage applications – plus, we also supply power supply units and a complete range of accessories including tin coated and soldering wire, Wago/3M connectors, heat shrink tube and even wire stripper/cutters,” Ryan says, adding that all products are backed by a Price Guarantee and manufacturers’ warranties.

    “More importantly, however, our specialist team can offer sound product selection advice, technical support, and also provide a complete design and specification service to ensure our customers achieve maximum illumination and efficiency at the lowest cost.”

    To talk to the experts, and see just how far LED technology has come over the past few years, visit SAled on Stand H32 at Visual Impact, at the new ICC at Darling Harbour from 11-13 October. To register, click on the link or go to