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    The EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro printer.

    EFI’s white paper on LED ‘cool curing’, such as in the VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll printer, shows how the process can increase performance and lower total cost of ownership for wide-format production.

    The cooler cure temperature of LED lamps allows printers to print on media that is thinner and heat-sensitive, such as thin films, specialty papers and corrugated, for example, that might otherwise be damaged or destroyed during other curing processes. The use of specialty and added-value media opens doors to unique, premium-margin applications.

    It is also possible to print faster using LED ink than with aqueous and solvent inks, for example, which is particularly important for high-production applications. Since LED lamps are instant on/off and require less maintenance, your utilization, productivity and uptime is maximised.

    Advancements in EFI hybrid flatbed/roll fed platform innovation and print head manufacturer technology have shifted the way we can think about and express the relation between quality modes and productivity, especially in terms of how they meet your customer’s demands—all while ensuring you achieve your profitability plans.

    Andy Yarrow, EFI.

    “Where EFI excels is in total cost of ownership, and that means productivity and efficiency. When buying equipment, people should look at not just the purchase of the engine, but what the long-term running costs of that engine will be and how productive it will be when it comes to running jobs. You get your money back much faster if you’ve got a cost-efficient, productive printer with a low cost per metre,” said Andy Yarrow, sales director at EFI Asia-Pacific.

    The EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro is designed for high production throughput, higher volumes, and shorter lead times while maintaining image quality, and has the versatility to support the widest range of media and applications. It’s designed for POP productivity and packed with innovation only available from EFI.

    Visit the EFI VUTEk LX3 Website

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  • Registrations Open for VI Sydney

    ICC Sydney

    Online registration is now open for Visual Impact Sydney 2017 and organisers Visual Connections Australia are predicting a strong turnout for the show, which gives the Australian industry its first opportunity to attend a show at the new International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

     VI Sydney, which is expected to attract more than 4000 visitors, follows on from an exceptionally successful Melbourne show, which co-located with PacPrint 2017, and organisers believe this show will have a similarly positive atmosphere.

    “We’re delighted to be back in the heart of the Harbour City after a few years out at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, and we think industry professionals from around Sydney and Australia will also appreciate the convenience of this fantastic new venue,” says Peter Harper, General Manager – Trade Shows & Publications for Visual Connections.

    A couple of months out from the show, Harper says it is already shaping up as a very comprehensive display, providing an opportunity for those who couldn’t make it to Melbourne to catch up with the latest technology and services, and for those in the sign, display and wide format markets to attend a more focused show with tailored displays and associated events.

    “Visitors to VI Sydney can look forward to seeing new products and services from close to 100 exhibitors, spanning a wide range of industry sectors, from sign and display, to wide format and sublimation print, engraving and routing, and even vinyl fabrication,” he says.

    “Many leading names have already confirmed major stands at the show, including Celmac, Trotec, AVS, Jetmark, Biesse, Starleaton, HP/Neopost, Mimaki, Yello Tools, Roland, Orafol, Graphic Art Mart, Multicam, Mutoh and Kiwo, and we are delighted to be working with them, and a variety of smaller suppliers, to provide a truly comprehensive and exciting display.”

    As well as the exhibitors themselves, VI Sydney will have a strong education focus, with a varied program of interactive workshops themed around ‘Inspiring the Future’. While the workshop program is still being finalised, expert sessions have already been locked in on colour management, LED and laser technologies, sublimation and other print techniques, airbrushing and traditional sign skills, and the ever-popular car wrapping demos.

    There will also be a sizeable display from Re-Engineering Australia, an organisation which helps young people identify and pursue careers opportunities by providing advice, resources and linkages between schools, industry, the tertiary sector and parents.

    “Visual Connections has formed a strategic alliance with REA which is aimed at engaging and inspiring students to take up career opportunities in the graphics, print and signage industries,” Harper explains, saying the interactive display at VI will see young STEM students complete a project to design and construct a racing car.

    Australian rally car driver Molly Taylor

    “Students will be encouraged to engage with exhibitors to secure graphics for their cars, and to find out more about careers in the industry, and will then race their finished models on-site, under the watchful eye of our special guest, motorsport champion Molly Taylor (pictured),” says Harper.

    “With such a stellar line-up of exhibitors and these extra opportunities and drawcards, there’s no doubt this will be a great show and we’re confident that industry professionals will respond by turning up in their droves.”

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

    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:




  • Epson launches cost-saving RIPS printer

    The Epson WorkForce WF-C869RTC

    Epson Australia has launched its new Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) printer, the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R, a unit that delivers high-speed and high-quality printing while drastically reducing printing costs with its high capacity ink packs for businesses.

    ‘Greater cost savings’: Craig Heckenberg, Epson Australia

     “The new WorkForce Pro WF-C869R brings a new level of productivity and cost efficiency to its users,” says Craig Heckenberg, GM Business Division at Epson Australia. “Epson RIPS printers also continue to surpass laser printers in terms of the lower environmental impact and greater cost savings they bring, as well as the reduced overall total cost of ownership with the minimal maintenance required.”

    The high page yield and extremely low cost per page of the WorkForce Pro WF-C869R can help businesses significantly minimise running costs when compared with a laser printer. The WF-C869R printer’s revolutionary Replaceable Ink Packs comes with the option of standard ink packs that deliver uninterrupted printing – up to 22,500 pages in black and 22,000 pages in colour, as well as large ink packs printing up to 86,000 pages in black and 84,000 pages in colour before needing to be replaced, to help businesses save on running costs, increase productivity and reduce their impact on the environment.

    The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is equipped with Epson’s PrecisionCore technology to print at fast speeds of up to 35ppm for both black and colour, at 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution for special media and 600 x 600 dpi for prints on standard media. As the PrecisionCore printhead does not use heat to print, the WF- C869R requires no warm up time and has a fast first page out of 6 seconds.

    The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R uses less consumables and generates less packaging waste compared to laser printers, which helps to maintain office productivity with less printer maintenance and downtime. The ultra-long-life consumables of the WF-C869R only require periodic replacement and comprise just the ink packs, maintenance box and paper pick-up rollers Typical laser printers, on the other hand, require replacement of bulky toner cartridges, photoreceptors, waste toner boxes, transfer units and fusing units.

    The versatile WF-C869R printer can print on a wide range of paper types, sizes and weights, including envelopes, from 64 to 256 gsm. Its rear tray supports the use of special media such as photo papers for photo quality pictures, and different sized paper can be placed in the different cassettes for automatic selection. Epson’s dual CIS technology allows duplex scanning in a single pass for improved speed and office productivity.

    With Epson Connect, documents can be printed directly to smart devices or online cloud storage services via Epson iPrint, and scans can be sent directly through email or cloud storage services. Near Field Communication (NFC) enables users to conveniently print or scan just by touching a compatible device to the printer.

    Epson Device Admin enables easy monitoring, managing and configuring the printer fleet within a network. Epson Print Admin provides the features required to monitor and manage printer usage while ensuring secure or confidential printouts are not left at the printers. The WorkForce Pro WF-C869R printer is also compatible with 3rd party software, Papercut MF, to provide similar functionalities as Epson Print Admin.

    The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C869R is available through all authorised Epson channel partners and resellers now.

    For more information visit:






  • Screen to preview new label presses

    Screen L350UV

    Screen GP will preview its new Truepress Jet L350UV+LM next month at trade shows Labelexpo Europe in Brussels and Print17 in Chicago.

    The LM stands for ‘Low Migration’ inks and the new UV inkjet system is designed for the food industry to expand the ability to print labels for food packages, where contact between inks and the food or beverage itself must be minimised.

    A second new press, the Truepress Jet L350UV+ will also be previewed, running standard non-low migration inks.

    “It will be late this year or early 2018 before we see availability of these new machines in Australia/New Zealand,” says Screen GP Australia managing director Peter Scott, “USA and European release is late September, followed by Japan around November. Our existing successful L350UV model will remain available through ourselves and our dealer Jet Technologies.

    “The development of these new presses demonstrates Screen’s total commitment to the label production industry, using fast and colour-accurate inkjet technology borne from years of experience in the field.”

    The Truepress Jet L350UV+LM is equipped with a range of functions that make it ideal for handling labels required for food packages. Screen anticipates it will allow printing companies to target an increased range of food applications with greater quality and productivity.

    As well as newly developed low migration (low permeability) inks that offer enhanced safety, the press includes a nitrogen purge mechanism for accelerating the curing of UV inks. It also delivers print speeds of up to 60 meters per minute and enables the reproduction of a wider color gamut by adding support for orange ink to conventional CMYK plus white inks.

    The system’s transfer section can be optionally equipped with a chill roller for cooling thin substrates that are particularly susceptible to the heat generated by its UV lamp. The roller mechanism allows these substrates to be transferred and printed with complete reliability. Labels such as those required for the wrappers used on PET bottles can now be digitally printed efficiently.

    At Labelexpo and Print17, the Truepress Jet L350UV+LM will be joined by the Truepress Jet L350UV+, a new high-end model developed for standard label applications. The system offers superior productivity, substrate compatibility, color reproduction, operability and other advanced features that provide a significant edge in functionality over conventional models in a wide range of fields. Its ability to maintain both exceptional speed of 60 metres/min and quality make it ideal for general commercial label printing.

    Screen digital label presses are available through Jet Technologies

    Screen GP Australia is a subsidiary of Japan-based Screen Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of technology for the printing and pre-media industries.




  • Prestigious technology awards announced in US

    14 technologies have been selected to receive a 2017 InterTech Technology Award. The technologies receiving the award have been judged as truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the graphic communications industry. 

    An independent panel of judges deliberated over an outstanding selection of technology nominations that highlighted the dynamic nature of the industry. This year’s awards highlighted inventions that extend the performance of inkjet presses, use LEDs to overcome long-standing challenges, extend capabilities for digital enhancement, assess and manipulate color in new ways, permit the creation of low-cost prototypes, automate platemaking and presswork to new levels, and offer digital press users powerful apps to manage their processes.

    The 14 technologies selected to receive the 2017 InterTech Technology Award:

    • AMS LED UV System — AMS Spectral UV (A Baldwin Technology Company)
    • ORIS Flex Pack // Web Visualizer — CGS Publishing Technologies International LLC
    • ColorLogic ColorAnt 4.0 — ColorLogic GmbH
    • Esko XPS Crystal — Esko 
    • Gallus Labelfire 340 — Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG
    • Prinect Press Center XL 2 with Intellistart 2 — Heidelberg
    • HP PageWide Web Press T490HD — HP Inc.
    • HP PrintOS — HP Inc.
    • JUST LED moduLight – Dual Illuminant D50/D65 — JUST Normlicht, Inc.
    • Komori Impremia IS29 — Komori Corporation
    • MGI AIS SmartScanner Intelligent Registration System — MGI Digital Technology
    • Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil digital enhancement press — Scodix Ltd.
    • Truepress Jet 520HD Continuous Feed Inkjet Press — Screen Americas
    • Image Test Labs – Image Grader TM — TechnologyWatch, LLC
    A listing of all of the technologies considered for the prestigious InterTech award is available at
  • Starleaton’s life-saving PacPrint fundraiser

    The EZ-I0 Drill and Educator kit soon to be part of Rottnest Island’s emergency care for kids, courtesy Starleaton.

    Starleaton’s long-standing support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation has received a boost following the PacPrint ‘dollar-for-dollar’ fundraiser, with the donated funds buying a vital item of emergency care for children at the busy emergency department of a Nursing Post located on Rottnest Island WA and part of Fremantle Hospital’s network.

    The island is hugely popular as an activity holiday destination for families who can now feel safer that, in the event of a medical emergency, their children will receive almost immediate introduction of vital fluids directly into the bone cavity rather than hunting for tiny veins for IV intubation.

    Known as the EZ-I0 Drill and Educator kit, it is an essential piece of resuscitation equipment used to gain vascular access in critically ill children and babies when intravenous access cannot be established. The drill kit is used to place a needle into the bone cavity within 10 seconds, through which life-saving medication and fluids can then be administered. Achieving vascular access is vital to the resuscitation process and has life-saving consequences. The kit also comes with training devices used for staff education and practice of this vital procedure.

    The equipment will carry a plaque ‘Generously donated by Starleaton.’ CEO Ben Eaton says: “I’d like to thank all of our customers who donated at our Humpty Dumpty lemonade booth during PacPrint; it is their generosity that enabled us to match the amount raised to buy this piece of essential paedeatric emergency care.”

    The Humpty Dumpty Foundation specialises in placing essential and often life-saving medical equipment in Paediatric Wards, Neonatal Units, Maternity and Emergency Departments in over 340 hospitals Australia-wide.

    Paul Francis OAM, Humpty Dumpty Foundation Founder and Executive Chairman, says: “This generous support of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the local community is immeasurable. It means children on Rottnest Island and surrounding areas have access to medical equipment that is very much needed by the medical staff and, most of all, it is life-saving.”




  • Printing onto bottles a key market for KBA

    Industrial printing is omnipresent in everyday life. In a loose series of interviews, the VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association presents member companies that are active in this segment.

    In this interview, Dr. Christian Maas, one of the two Managing Directors of KBA-Kammann GmbH based in Bad Oeynhausen, explains the importance attached by his company to industrial printing, which markets are in the focus and which technological challenges need to be overcome.

    Dr. Christian Maas, MD KBA-Kammann GmbH

    Dr. Maas, what is your understanding of “industrial printing”?

    Dr. Christian Maas: I would draw a dividing line to graphical printing. In this sector, the printed product is the actual product. Industrial printing, on the other hand, is normally part of a multi-step industrial production process within which its task is to decorate products, to enhance the appearance of them and to add information.

    What are the sectors of industrial printing you are active in as a technology manufacturer?

    Maas: Our core business is the decoration of primary packages – above all bottles – for the beverage industry; especially high-quality alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, we manufacture technology for printing on glass and crockery, hence, all sorts of tableware. Our third pillar is the decoration and enhancement of glass containers and flacons for alcohol-based cosmetics and perfumes. Whenever alcohol is involved, direct printing on glass is the better solution compared to labels or packages made of plastics.

    How do the customers’ requirements differ from the traditional print market?

    Maas: There are above all differences when it comes to substrates. Usually, we print on three-dimensional containers made of glass or glass-like plastic containers in sizes up to 50x50x50 centimetres. In comparison with paper and cardboard, the surface qualities of glass differ substantially. The tolerances are often in the millimeter range. Moreover, the shapes and sizes of the glass containers are not standardized. Just think of the large variety of flacons or the different whisky and cognac bottles. In order to nevertheless achieve the required print quality, exact guidance of the substrate and precise process monitoring is essential.

    Which printing methods are on your company`s priority list in industrial applications?

    Maas: Above all, we focus on screen printing and digital printing as well as hot-foil stamping on hollow containers. In some cases, also pad and flexo printing. In most cases, our customers use UV curing inks in the screen and digital printing systems. For that, we provide the corresponding UV technology. In screen printing, however, many customers also use thermoplastic or ceramic frit inks. They are dried in down-stream oven lines.

    Do you have to handle new substrates, inks and paints?

    Maas: Increasingly there are also glass-like plastics that need to be printed on directly. However, apart from a few exceptions, the plastics industry rather prefers labels. That`s where we were also active in the past; now, we focus completely on direct decoration. Mainly on glass, but also plastics and already shaped metal containers, for instance, three-piece cans or deep drawn aerosol cans. Sometimes it`s also about the decoration of ceramics: individually printed coffee mugs or promotional items.

    To which extent does industrial printing contribute to your total sales?

    Maas: To 100 percent. We are solely and completely active in this segment.

    Market studies forecast strong global growth for industrial printing. Does the experience you have made confirm these high growth expectations?

    Maas: This may well seem to be true for technology manufacturers seeking to re-orientate themselves from the media to the packaging market. We experience strong and dynamic growth in digital packaging printing; as far as other processes are concerned, the development is, however, rather moderate. There is a continuous upward trend. The drivers are the global growth of population and the growing middle classes in the emerging countries because of the positive economic development there. Besides that, the trend towards sophisticated, high-quality packages is favourable for us. Especially in the luxury segment, for instance, as regards spirits or perfumes, the appealing look of the product and package design is an important tool to stand out from competitors. Packaging designers focus increasingly on the possibilities offered by digital printing.

    Does your company push on with development work in the future areas of printed electronics, printed bio / medical technology or 3D printing?

    Maas: We were active in the field of printed bio and medical technology when we still built machines for label printing. However, sales were not sustainable. At the moment, this is not a relevant future field for us. Its market potential is overestimated at least by one, if not two magnitudes. For printing technology manufacturers, I see relevant sales potentials neither in printed electronics nor in printed bio and medical technology. Things are different with 3D printing, talking of which we primarily mean printing on three-dimensional containers. To us, additive manufacturing is only interesting from the user`s perspective. We already use numerous printed parts in our machines. Partly in order to produce complex components, partly also in order to produce spare parts that are seldom needed.




  • New Visual Connections partnership set to ‘re-engineer’ student outreach programs

    Visual Connections has announced a new alliance with the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation, with the aim of boosting participation and awareness of the print, graphics and signage industries among Australian students.

    John Wall, Visual Connections.

    The industry organisation said the partnership with REA, which encourages student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, would ‘breathe new life’ into the largest manufacturing industry in Australia. “This alliance with REA will bring awareness amongst young people as to the varied and interesting careers available within the wider printing and sign industries and give a face to an industry that many don’t understand could be a viable career choice,” said John Wall, president of Visual Connections. “It will hopefully lead to an increase in apprenticeships and skilled resource to our members and to the wider industry.”

    REA runs a number of STEM competitions in Australian schools, including F1 in Schools, 4×4 in Schools, Entrepreneurs in Schools, and SUBS in Schools, in which students in REA’s competitions must brand their teams, design their pit displays, present their technical portfolios and decorate their F1 cars, off road vehicles and submarines, according to an REA press release.

    Michael Myers, REA.

    The focus on creating visual images and strong designs in these competitions has generated interest in the graphic arts industry from participating schools, said Dr Michael Myers OAM, chairman, REA. “As we continually seek to influence the career motivations of students there is a natural fit with Visual Connections and their member companies.

    “The next step for us is to inform schools about the new alliance and encourage them to connect with their local print, graphics and signage businesses. We will be asking schools to let us know their mentoring requirements and we will work with Visual Connections to link people in these industries with schools and students,” Myers said.

    As part of the alliance, REA will display an F1 racing track and car at the Visual Impact show in Sydney from October 11-13, and Visual Connections representatives will participate as judges at F1 in Schools finals across Australia.

  • Northwood to speak at 17th SWUG conference

    The true story of how print is relevant and a powerhouse in today’s media world — plus an insider viewpoint on what is driving New Zealand’s economy — will be among key messages awaiting delegates at this year’s Single Width Users’ Group (SWUG) Conference.

    Being held at Auckland’s Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre on August 22-23, the 17th-annual event will feature Kellie Northwood emphasising print’s strengths and environmental credentials as well as debunking myths about sustainability.

    Delegates will also gain an insider viewpoint on New Zealand’s economy from experienced financial and political commentator Bernard Hickey.

    Together, the keynote speakers will provide a sharp edge to the conference, “leaving delegates sure of the future of our industry and its relevance to the media marketplace”, says Lauren Keen, one of this year’s conference organisers.


    In conjunction with an overall “Tangibly Trusted” theme, this year’s event will focus on adding value to print for the customer and the creation of products that stand out from the crowd.

    “Whilst print continually faces attack from other media, there are still some very real benefits for customers utilising print as a promotional tool,” says Keen.

    “When you are able to make your product have a point of difference — one that stands out on the shelves and has that wow factor — and are shown examples of how this can make a big difference to the bottom line, serious consideration must be given.

    “In the newsprint and direct mail sector there are many examples of products that achieve this.”

    Ms Keen says opening the SWUG conference via Mr Hickey and Ms Northwood will provide an excellent opportunity to analyse such facts.


    On day one, following the first two speakers and a break for lunch, an industry question and answer session will be held.

    All delegates will be encouraged to put forward questions raised from the morning presentations and have an opportunity for both speakers and industry experts to answer.

    “We encourage firms in the sector to make sure they have representation from their sales and production staff at this exciting session.”

    Awards Dinner MC

    This year’s SWUG Awards for Printing Excellence and Apprentice of the Year MC will be Phil Gifford — the winner of nine New Zealand and two Australasian radio awards, who has also twice been judged New Zealand sportswriter of the year and three times New Zealand sports columnist of the year, among many other achievements.

    Networking Dinner

    Following the pinnacle Awards event on Tuesday evening, Wednesday night will feature the Networking Dinner, which is open to all interested parties — even those people who are not attending the conference itself.

    “The dinner will be MCed by New Zealand’s pre-eminent comedy team and should be a great night, so we definitely encourage delegates to invite additional guests along.”

    7DAYS stars Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood and Paul Ego are expected to provide an improvised comedic touch during the evening to wrap up the conference.


    This year there are three attendance options for delegates, to make the conference as accessible as possible to everyone:

    • first-day morning session and lunch with Bernard Hickey and Kellie Northwood (August 22) — $45
    • full delegate registration — $145
    • additional tickets are now available for the Networking Dinner at the cost of $95.

    Organisers request all attendees register their attendance online.


    Keen says the programme will cover a variety of highly relevant fields and include exciting site visits to both Horton Media and Paper Reclaim.

    “The conference will also feature the SWUG Awards for Printing Excellence and the Apprentice of the Year. We expect another interactive and engaging event this year, which is likely to attract over 130 delegates and suppliers, reflecting the strength of interest and passion within this unique sector of the print industry.”

    Online registration to the event is now live via the SWUG website

    Accommodation can be booked by contacting the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre directly by phone 09 526 3003 or E-mail — while quoting the booking reference “PROM0817” to ensure special SWUG rates and a room is secured from the allocated conference block,

    For all enquiries on this year’s SWUG conference and registration please contact Lauren Keen from Promote Ltd by phone 04 237 0482 or E-mail

    Further information via



  • Pantone wins Cannes Lion design award

    Pantone Studio has been awarded a prestigious Bronze Cannes Lion Award in the Digital Craft category as it unveils new app updates for global users.

    As part of the momentum for the company’s flagship digital design and color reference app, Pantone has announced app updates designed ‘to more seamlessly harmonize Pantone color into design workflows for users all over the world.’

    Building on the app’s offering of greater convenience in capturing, testing and sharing Pantone color, app updates include:

    Global access. Pantone Studio is now available in nine additional languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified & Traditional Chinese.

    More Pantone palette expressions. A beloved feature of the app, Studio users now have even more versatile options for sharing Pantone palettes with inspirational images.

    New ways to share. Studio users can now directly upload designs created in the app to Tumblr and Pinterest accounts. A dedicated sharing link from Pantone Studio enables larger display of designs on desktop devices via any Internet browser.

    Improved integration with Adobe design software. A more seamless integration with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Photoshop software enables a direct navigation flow and access to more versatile file formats such as .ASE for their preferred tools.

    PANTONE Color of the Year guide. In addition to the full library of Pantone color systems already available on the app, Studio offers a PANTONE Color of the Year 2017 color guide featuring the PANTONE Color of the Year 2017, PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery, and every other Color of the Year going back to the original in 2000.

    Almost a year after the launch of PANTONE Studio in August 2016, these app updates commence a series of developments that will ultimately better integrate Studio into Pantone’s other digital solutions for design and production, which together will aim to vastly improve color management through digital tools created for contemporary design workflows.

    Over 10 million designers and producers around the world employ Pantone products and services to communicate through color, and control consistency across various materials and finishes.

    For more information, visit


  • EFI PrintSmith Vision MIS

    Are your employees buried under a mountain of paperwork? Do you have visibility into your print production? Are you effectively engaging your customers? EFI PrintSmith Vision MIS is your key to automation, streamlined workflows and improved customer service.

    EFI PrintSmith Vision is a browser-based, scalable and customisable print management solution designed to streamline operations, reduce costs and provide the visibility you need to be successful. With over 10,000 systems sold worldwide, PrintSmith is a flexible, feature-rich print management software (MIS) that offers powerful estimating, point-of-sale, account management, production management, receivables and sales analysis tools within a single, easy-to-use application.

    Danny Saunders, EFI.

    “It’s a cost-effective, easy-to-use web-based MIS solution that can link to all our other suites, including Fiery and Digital Storefront, as an end-to-end integrated workflow – EFI can be a one-stop solution for your needs,” said Danny Saunders, EPS sales development manager at EFI.

    Features of PrintSmith Vision

    • Easy-to-use and leverage solution: PrintSmith Vision offers a browser based interface that lets the user focus on improving business performance
    • Remote secure access from mobile, tablet and desktop: Extended visibility allows you to service your customers whether you are on the road or in the office
    • Flexible and Scalable: Offering a modular architecture, EFI PrintSmith Vision lets you choose the solution that best fits your business requirements, size and budget providing the ability and flexibility to grow with your organization as your business needs evolve
    • Easy and Quick Implementation: PrintSmith Vision is a self-implemented solution and can be fully functional within 40 hours
    • Fast ROI: Take advantage of the benefits of PrintSmith Vision within weeks and start growing your business
    For more information, contact EPS Sales Development Manager Danny Saunders about making your business more productive and efficient on 0450 166 977 or at See the possibilities at
  • Media Super Business Development Managers

    It’s tough to keep up with frequent changes in superannuation legislation. Busy printers can struggle to find time to work out their super obligations to employees and to the business. With the financial year coming to an end, there’s no better time to contact your Media Super Business Development Manager for a super health check.

    “Businesses are there to do their job – serve their customers, return to shareholders – and paying super is not always at the top of their list of priorities. Super payments are complex – therefore it is important for businesses to occasionally pause, reflect on requirements and make sure they’re ticking the right boxes,” said Erick Cordero, General Manager for Growth at Media Super.

    Erick Cordero, Media Super.

    Media Super Business Development Managers (BDMs) stand ready, willing and able to help printers in every state get into ‘super’ shape. Whether you’re already a default employer with Media Super or not, one of their team of super gurus can visit your workplace and undertake an assessment of how well you’re meeting current superannuation obligations. They’ll work out a plan to get you and your business into top ‘super’ shape, aiming to help improve efficiency and reduce costs. “The health check has two key benefits for businesses: to get some sense of comfort that their arrangements are ticking all compliance boxes, and to make sure they’re meeting their obligations as efficiently as possible, which could lead to reductions in their overheads. The outcome could very well be that they’re tracking well on both fronts, or they could be given some guidance on how to improve,” Cordero said.

    Once you’re in ‘super’ shape they’ll give you a plan to make super admin easy with online payment via a clearing house – an easy, efficient system to allow you to make payments for your employees at Media Super, plus any other funds.

    Media Super BDMs can also help to tailor education programs for your staff, including broader financial literacy, scheduling wellbeing workshops on company mental health in partnership with SuperFriend. There’s a dedicated employer support helpline to help with any questions, technical issues, to keep you and your business in top ‘super’ shape – easily. “If a business owner is interested in this, give us a call – we don’t expect it to take more than 30 minutes to an hour, and one of our BDMs would be happy to go out and meet with you,” Cordero said.

    There’s a reason why Media Super and its BDMs are regarded as the printing industries ‘super’ trainers. They’ve been part of the community since 1987. The board represents employers and workers from the arts, entertainment, media and print industries. Through their partnerships with industry organisations Media Super supports professional development and talent nurturing programs, and other initiatives, as well as awards/talent recognition programs. “Media Super has almost three decades of experience working with printers, so we are uniquely placed to help these businesses understand their obligations,” Cordero said.

    Media Super BDMs understand the special nature of the workforce and the unique challenges workers in the printing industry face in saving for retirement. They can help workers by facilitating comprehensive, tailored educational seminars, covering topics such as retirement planning, salary sacrifice, co-contribution, investment choice and pensions.

    Being ‘super’ healthy means that as an industry fund, Media Super is run only to benefit members. Its solid returns, along with low fees and cost-effective insurance, help keep members in better financial shape for their retirement.

    Contact your local Media Super BDM to find out more.

    This article provides general information only, and does not take into consideration your personal objectives, situation or needs. Before making any financial decisions you should first determine whether the information is appropriate for you by reading the relevant Product Disclosure Statement and/or by consulting a qualified financial adviser. Issued by Media Super Limited (ABN 30 059 502 948, AFSL 230254) as Trustee of Media Super (ABN 42 574 421 650).

  • Epson launches new POS printer

    The new Epson TM-T88VI Series POS Printer

    Epson Australia has significantly raised the bar in the POS industry with the introduction of its flagship TM-T88VI series, the latest addition to Epson’s family of intelligent POS printers.

    The TM-T88VI Series includes multi-interface mobile connectivity, supports mobile, web and PC-based POS services and NFC Integration, and features faster transaction speeds, enhanced energy and paper savings.

    “The TM-T88VI gives businesses the ability to add web and mobile POS services in stages, or run systems alone or in parallel if they choose,” says Epson Australia GM Craig Heckenberg. “Many businesses, especially in the retail and restaurant sectors, are keen to leverage web and mobile POS solutions to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction, but they don’t want to commit to an entirely new system straight away. The TM-T88VI can be implemented with existing infrastructure.”

    The TM-T88VI is designed to work with both traditional PC-based POS systems and increasingly popular web and mobile setups. This makes it ideal for shop, bar and restaurant owners who want to develop new ways of interacting with customers, and also for those who just want to run a combined or traditional setup.

    The new series offers print speeds of up to 350 mm/s. A backward paper-feeding function helps save paper without affecting performance, reducing running costs and paper waste.

    Server Direct Print functionality allows the TM-T88VI to print direct from a web server. It also supports beacons, to help mobile devices identify the nearest printer, making it ideal for POS environments with multiple printer installations, while NFC support makes it easy to pair tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. The new series also incorporates Epson’s ePOS™ Print technology to support printing from web-based applications.

    The TM-T88VI is available now from and selected Epson resellers and retailers.








  • Brother launches new laser printer series

    Brother's new Pro-Colour laser range

    Taking the next bold step in reinforcing its leadership position in supporting business efficiency and value, Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd is introducing a powerful series of colour laser printers and Multi-Function Centres (MFCs) to serve a full range of office, workgroup and larger-volume print environments starting from 5-500 employees.

    There are three single-function printers in the new Professional Colour Laser Series – the HL-L8260CDW, HL-L8360CDW and HL-9310CDW, as well as three Multi-Function Centres – the MFC-L8690CDW, MFC-L8900CDW and MFC-L9570CDW.

    The new series provides exceptional performance featuring efficient 2-sided (duplex) colour and monochrome printing of up to 31 pages per minute (ppm) as well as fastest in its class automatic 2-sided (duplex) scanning at up to 100ipm. The series gives the customer control with customisable user interfaces of up to 64 shortcut buttons for Scan, Copy or Fax. This results in time saved in the training process and provides IT administrators a smooth one-touch operation that is customised to meet the needs of the user’s specific office workflow.

    “Brother is committed to be ‘At Your Side’ today, tomorrow, and for many more years to come,” said Stefanie Dixon, marketing specialist at Brother Australia, at a launch event held in Sydney. “The new Professional Colour Laser Series is engineered to be reliable and affordable while enhancing business productivity and efficiency over the long term. These printers will exceed the expectations of businesses looking for secure, customisable and scalable printing solutions.”

    Performance enhancements for the new Professional Colour Laser Series over its predecessor series include:
    •    197% increase in maximum paper input*
    •    40% increase in Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) capacity
    •    50% increase in maximum toner yield

    In addition, Brother products can be modified to suit unique customer needs through Brother Special Solutions Team (SST). Brother Solutions Interface (BSI), an open interface development platform for software developers to easily create custom solutions for users’ requirements.


  • KBA to celebrate 200 Years

    November 29, 1814: The London Times was the first newspaper to be printed on the double-cylinder press designed by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer.

    In August 2017, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) in Würzburg will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. The world’s first press-building workshop of 1817 has since blossomed into a globally successful manufacturing group with a unique portfolio of solutions for the printing industry.

    Anniversary festivities are planned from 21st to 23rd September – an ideal occasion to review past achievements and to present the visions which will determine the company’s strategy and market position in the third century of its history.

    Breakthrough in London

    The times have certainly changed. In the early 19th century, Germany still lacked venturesome investors and a fertile industrial environment. It was not least for this reason that trained printer and untiring inventor Friedrich Koenig travelled to London in 1807 to realise his idea of a steam-driven printing press. While there, he met precision engineer Andreas Bauer, and in November 1814, The Times became the first newspaper to be printed on their double-cylinder press. This laid the foundations for printing on an industrial scale and for access to print media for a much broader section of the population.

    Production in a former monastery

    On 9th August 1817, Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer signed a contract establishing Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer in a secularised monastery in Oberzell near Würzburg, and in 1823, the Haude und Spenersche Zeitung in Berlin was the first newspaper on the European continent to be printed on presses from Oberzell.

    Friedrich Koenig died in 1833. His widow Fanny Koenig and his former business partner Andreas Bauer continued his work. New presses were developed and the one-hundredth press was already delivered in 1838. A number of ambitious young workers moved away to found their own businesses. In this sense, Oberzell can be considered the cradle of German printing press manufacture. The company’s foundation period came to an end with the death of Andreas Bauer in 1860.

    Early social achievements

    The founder’s two sons, Wilhelm Koenig and Friedrich Koenig Jr., developed new presses, modernised factory routines and introduced a series of social reforms. The sickness benefit fund founded in 1855 was followed by a factory savings bank in 1865 and by a factory training school, the precursor of today’s vocational training centre in Würzburg, in 1868. The factory statute of 1873 defined the rights and duties of workers and managers and established a factory council with employee participation.

    1876: The era of web printing begins

    The first webfed press was supplied to a newspaper in Magdeburg in 1876. Wilhelm Koenig invented the variable web press in 1886, designed the first four-colour press in 1888, and began building special machines for the printing of luxury products. At the same time, he became very interested in securities printing, a field in which Koenig & Bauer was later to become technology leader. In 1895, the 5000th cylinder press left the factory.

    From 1895 and through into the 1920s, the course of the company was shaped by Constantin Koenig and the founder’s grandson Albrecht Bolza. In 1901, a new factory was built at the site today occupied by the company headquarters. The 225-metre-long production hall was one of the largest in Germany at that time. Webfed publication and rotogravure presses were manufactured, and the development of sheetfed machines was stepped up. Alongside printing presses, various matrix-moulding presses and plate-casting machines were delivered to customers all over the world.

    Destruction and rebuilding

    After the First World War, Dr. Hans Bolza, a great-grandson of Friedrich Koenig, made a notable contribution to the mending of severed foreign business links. He was appointed to the executive board of the company when it was transformed into a limited company in 1920 and served as chairman of the board from 1931 to 1971.

    Koenig & Bauer survived the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s thanks to the newly developed Iris collect press for coloured banknotes. In March 1945, bombs and artillery shells destroyed the Würzburg factories. Reconstruction began in 1946. After the post-war currency reform, Koenig & Bauer resumed business in 1949 with nominal capital amounting to DM 4.1 million.

    1952: Success story of security printing

    Cooperation with securities printing expert Gualtiero Giori began in 1952. A further important milestone was the arrival of a talented young design engineer named Dr. Hans-Bernhard Schünemann, the son of a Bremen publishing family, in 1951. His first of over 250 patents was granted for a modification of the so-called Maltese cross drive mechanism, which was subsequently used in another of his inventions, the sheetfed gravure press Rembrandt MT III. In 1959, Dr. Hans Bolza formally adopted Dr. Schünemann.

    Dr. Bolza-Schünemann was himself president of Koenig & Bauer AG for almost 25 years from 1971 to 1995, and initiated the formation of the KBA Group from 1990. Executive responsibility was subsequently placed in the hands of his close partner and long-serving financial director Reinhart Siewert. After the turn of the century, he was succeeded by Albrecht (2003 – 2009) and Claus Bolza-Schünemann (since 2011), who thus represent the sixth generation of the founding family at the helm of the company.

    Successful presses Condor and Rotafolio

    Despite the growing offset competition in the 1960s and 70s, Koenig & Bauer retained the proven letterpress technology for its sheetfed and webfed presses for a relatively long time. Alongside the Rembrandt sheetfed gravure press and banknote presses developed together with De La Rue Giori, the two-revolution Condor and the Rotafolio sheetfed press for wrap-around plates were extremely successful all over the world.

    High-performance in sheetfed offset since 1974

    The first sheetfed offset press, the half-format Koebau-Rapida 0, was presented at drupa in 1967. The medium-format Koebau-Rapida III followed in 1969. Both ran at speeds up to 8,000 sheets per hour. The Koebau-Rapida SR III launched in 1974 was almost twice as fast at 15,000 sheets per hour. The presses of other major manufacturers did not achieve such performance until much later.

    In 1986, Koenig & Bauer launched the Rapida 104, a unit-type press designed for high flexibility and printing speeds up 15,000 sheets per hour. Production was transferred to the new subsidiary KBA-Planeta AG in 1992, sowing the seed for today’s high-performance sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul. The current Rapida 106, for example, has defined the benchmarks in medium format with speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour, extremely fast job changeovers and configurations comprising up to 19 printing and finishing units.

    Today’s large-format series Rapida 145 and 164 are the successors to the Rapida 142 and 162 presses which were developed jointly by the Radebeul design engineers and their colleagues from Würzburg in the 1990s. In printshops around the world, these high-performance large-format presses took the place of presses from other manufacturers and paved the way for KBA-Sheetfed’s leading position in large formats. This standing was confirmed yet again in 2003 with the unveiling of the Rapida 205, the world’s largest sheetfed offset press.

    Pioneer of new technologies

    In the same way that the Würzburg engineers ventured new approaches to webfed printing, the Saxon designers have repeatedly struck out on their own in search of simpler and more efficient sheetfed solutions. Two examples are the DI offset press 74 Karat with direct on-press plate imaging, which was developed together with Scitex from Israel in 1997, and its sister press Rapida 74 G from 2000. Both were equipped with short-train inking units for waterless printing. KBA remains strongly committed to this technology, which is especially interesting from the perspectives of print quality and environmental protection.

    When it comes to innovative processes for inline finishing, ecological printing, direct printing on corrugated board or – most recently – LED-UV drying, KBA Sheetfed has regularly acted as a pioneer. The entry into the post-press market in 2016 and the announcement of the digital sheetfed press VariJET 106 at drupa open up further prospects.

    World first in webfed printing

    The era of web offset presses from Würzburg began with the Commander in 1969. Over time, the still dominant satellite design principle was becoming increasingly complex. At the beginning of the 1990s, this trend was answered with the four-high tower presses Journal and Colora. Later, they were joined by the single-width series Comet and Continent. The less expensive four-high tower design appealed to many new international customers, and helped to establish the company as the number one in newspaper printing.

    In this field, too, the Würzburg engineers have never shied the pursuit of new ideas. Already at drupa 1995, for example, visitors could admire an Anilox-Express with automatic plate changing and an imprinter with Scitex inkjet heads in the superstructure. It was shown adding a variable digital caricature to each offset copy. It was then almost 18 years, however, before the inkjet technology was actually used in practice in webfed offset presses.

    At drupa 2000, a new trend towards compact highly automated newspaper presses was heralded by the KBA Cortina, which stood less than 4 metres high. Further features new to newspaper offset were the elimination of dampening units, four-high towers which glided apart for easy access, dedicated drives for each cylinder and the ease of operation with lifts to the upper couples of the tower. The same concept was implemented by the wet offset counterpart Commander CT in 2007. Both presses have remained unique on the market to this day.

    Media upheavals and realignment

    Already in the early 1990s, the World Wide Web was taking its first tentative steps and new digital competitors entered the print arena. Faced with growing online competition, and especially due to the world financial crisis, the market for new webfed offset presses collapsed dramatically in 2008. Koenig & Bauer responded by turning attention to the digital process from 2011, and presented its first inkjet web press, the RotaJET 76, at drupa 2012. Today, with the RotaJET VL series for decor printing and the T1100 S manufactured on behalf of the American HP Corporation for the production of corrugated packaging, the largest digital web presses in the world are produced in Würzburg.

    Early diversification

    The company Koenig & Bauer went public in 1985. The acquisition of Albert-Frankenthal AG and of a majority stake in Planeta Druckmaschinenwerke in the early 1990s established a company group with a turnover of more than DM 1.1 billion. From the turn of the century onwards, the group management started a programme of diversification into market segments less affected by changes in the media landscape.

    The acquisition of Swiss partner De La Rue Giori SA in Lausanne in 2001 secured KBA’s pole position in banknote printing. The purchase of Metronic GmbH in 2004 opened the door to the important market for industrial coding systems. The acquisitions of Bauer + Kunzi and LTG Print Systems, and the subsequent merger into KBA-MetalPrint GmbH in 2006, established KBA as the number one in metal decorating. And with KBA-Kammann GmbH as a global leader for the decoration of glass containers, alongside flexible packaging specialist KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A, KBA has since 2013 further expanded its portfolio for the diverse packaging segment. A similar purpose was served by the takeover of Spanish die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in 2016.

    This early diversification has helped KBA to master the structural upheavals which have rocked the branch much better than other press manufacturers. At the turn of the century, 60 per cent of the turnover from new press sales was still generated in market segments under pressure from the online media. Today, 90 per cent is accounted for by the growth markets digital and packaging printing and by securities printing.

    Print technologies for every eventuality

    Through market-oriented capacity realignment, the introduction of a new group structure and a clear focus on future-oriented markets, structural changes implemented in 2014 and 2015 have prepared the oldest press manufacturer in the world to meet the challenges of advancing digitisation and globalisation.

    Today, analogue and digital KBA technologies are used to print, finish and process products such as banknotes, metal cans, books, brochures, displays, decor, labels, glass and plastic containers, board and film packaging, catalogues, laminates, magazines, tyres, cables, smart cards, advertising flyers, newspapers and many more besides. Practically all common printing and finishing technologies are involved. This diversity creates unique know-how, and continues to drive innovations, new applications and new partnerships.



  • Concerns over printing security: FX survey

    Fuji Xerox PaperCut software

    A new survey has found an alarming lack of education about document and printer security, with more than 60 percent of Australian SMEs concerned about maintaining document confidentiality.

    Fuji Xerox Printers surveyed 500 customers regarding document and printer security and found that nearly 20 percent of organisations admit they don’t securely dispose confidential documents.

    “Most organisations are still using a shredder to keep information secure, rather than more sophisticated methods, such as secure print options and password protections on documents,” says Tony Grima, GM for Australia at Fuji Xerox Printers.

    “It is alarming to see that just 40 percent of organisations use password protected documents and a mere 14 percent use secure print.”

    Almost 35 percent of survey respondents believe that confidential information has been accidently read by other employees due to documents being left at a printer. At the same time, almost a quarter admitted to finding private documents such as new contracts, salary figures and confidential client emails via the same means.

    “The impact of a breach in document security causing the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information can not only result in damaged reputation, but financial loss,” says Grima.

    Fuji Xerox Printers’ top five tips for SMEs to ensure better document security include:

    1.       Control access
    Requiring authentication directly at the device using a swipe card or access code will ensure unauthorised users can’t access the networked print device or collect documents from the output tray. Fuji Xerox Printers’ PaperCut application that works as a secure cost management system can facilitate this functionality.

    2.       Secure the document
    The secure print functionality embedded within Fuji Xerox Printers single function and multifunction devices allows users to set a password on their file at the time of printing and use the password at the device to release it.

    3.       Secure the device
    It’s critical to an organisation’s network security to make sure that violations or breaches cannot occur through any network-connected devices or on the devices themselves. The Data Security Kit, available with Fuji Xerox Printers multifunction devices, gives administrators the option of encrypting, overwriting or deleting data from the device hard drive at any time or at defined intervals to ensure confidential information cannot be accessed by hackers through the network or from the device itself.

    4.       Set rules
    Fuji Xerox Printers devices enables organisations to define rules around what kind of documents can be printed, by whom, when they can be printed and on which device or devices. This can help to minimise the risk of after-hours data theft from within an organisation by preventing unauthorised copying of documents at any time.

    5.       Monitor and audit
    CentreWare Internet Services allows organisations to perform basic reporting on print devices, whether it’s in regards to printing, scanning or faxing history, so they can identify the source of a leak should one occur.

    The survey also found that the use of mobile printing is increasing amongst SMEs in Australia. Over 60 percent of employees now work remotely according to the survey.



  • Canon launches 2017 grants program

    Entries are now open for schools, environmental and community groups to apply.

    Today, on World Environment Day, Canon Oceania is excited to announce that its inaugural Grants Program – Inspiring Tomorrow, is now open for applications. The program intends to support schools and not-for-profit groups who are addressing issues that are impacting the environment or society to make a positive difference in their communities. Canon believes in empowering every person and community to strive towards a better tomorrow, supporting causes that look to improve our world.

    Canon is offering over $30,000 worth of grants made up of Canon equipment in-kind across Australia and New Zealand within Environmental, Education and Community sectors. The winners will be selected based on the positive impact their project will have on their environment or community, as well as the importance of Canon products in ensuring the project’s success.

    Yusuke Mizoguchi, MD, Canon Oceania

    “Canon is thrilled to launch our new Grants Program – Inspiring Tomorrow, which brings to life our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, meaning ‘living and working together for the common good’. Canon supports those making a positive contribution in their communities and wants to empower them with the tools to share their story.”

    “Each year we’re humbled by the selfless acts of not-for-profit organisations, schools, environmental and community programs, and we are excited to broaden the program this year to also give a helping hand to those addressing social issues and encourage anyone who fits this criteria to apply,” said Yusuke Mizoguchi, Managing Director, Canon Oceania.

    Living Ocean (NSW), won the 2016 Environmental Grant in the Community Category, receiving $5,000 worth of Canon devices and equipment including a digital camera and a video recorder. These devices went towards their mission to raises awareness of human impact on oceanic health through two key projects; a marine studies program that monitors ocean wildlife and a beach clean-up campaign called ‘No Plastic Please’.

    This year the grants will be awarded under the following categories:


    • 1 x Environmental Grant – $5,000
    • 1 x Education Grant – $5,000
    • 1 x Community Grant – $5,000
    • 1 x Runner-up Grant – $1,000

    New Zealand

    • 1 x Environmental Grant – NZ$5,000
    • 1 x Education Grant – NZ$5,000
    • 1 x Community Grant – NZ$5,000

    Applications are open from now until Friday 4th August with the winners announced by Friday 29th September.

    To apply for a grant, entrants should fill in the application form here and entrants can post an image that showcases their initiative with the hashtags #InspiringTomorrow #CanonGrantsProgram2017 and @CanonAustralia or (depending on their region).

    For more information on Canon Oceania’s Grants Program 2017 – Inspiring Tomorrow, please visit: