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  • Hits & misses make the most of IGAS

    Tokyo Typhoon Number 12 of the season was a fizzer, a bit of a blow but nothing to bother the printers attending IGAS at Big Site out in the Bay. It came and went within a few hours; rain and wind enough to alarm the woman at the Heidelberg showroom where I was on Saturday afternoon. She urged us to get out quickly to avoid being stranded. Perhaps a little over the top, but …

    So, why was I at the Heidelberg showroom in Tokyo? Well here’s how the second part of my IGAS went.

    IGAS is an international exhibition, although overseas visitors are still only a small part of it. It’s international in that every manufacturer of note exhibits and as is becoming increasingly obvious that means most are Japanese firms. There are the large well known brands, but a walk around IGAS shows clearly the depth of ingenuity and industry in small firms and startups driving the printing equipment industry in Japan.

    With notable exceptions of course – HP is the eight hundred pound US gorilla in the centre of printing. Its digital reach is immense, encompassing every aspect of printing and packaging. In a prime position just inside the entrance in Hall 1 visitors were treated to a display of printed packaging that leaves no doubt that the future is definitely digital. It provided a testament to just how far the technology has been pushed and how this show was mostly about industrial printing mostly packaging.

    Konica Minolta Australian and Japanese colleagues (L to r) David Cascarino, Toshitaka Uemura, Koji Asaka and Anthony ‘AJ’ Jackson.

    Friday afternoon I had an appointment to meet with people from Konica Minolta who took time to talk about the 145-year-old company. Toshitaka Uemura, GM industry print business and Koji Asaka, assistant manager, are fine examples of all that’s best about Japanese corporate life. Dedicated and loyal they not only know the technology, but also are also deeply versed in the ethos and history of the company.

    There’s plenty of disparagement about the supposedly oppressed Japanese ‘salary men’ but they’re a remarkably hardworking and loyal bunch and these two were anything but put upon. Well informed too, as Uemura-san took me through the development of the company, its history as a photo and camera business and its prospects as a manufacturer of leading digital technology.

    There’s no doubt the Accurio KM1 is the flagship, a B2 inkjet press that is the first real contender to HP Indigo’s dominance. But there’s more in the portfolio too. The MGI digital embellishment JetVarnish 30 engine was prominent on the stand.

    Watch for a re-worked version of the Accurio Label press in the next few months, moving away from its BizHub-box appearance while still sticking with toner. It’s the technology the market wants, says Uemura-san, who was part of the planning team. He reckons the inkjet label sector is very well served but there’s a gap in the market where toner works in terms of cost and quality. And he gives every impression of knowing about what he speaks.

    Label specialist, Taishi Motoshige, (left) showed me around the Screen stand and introduced me to Ayaka Sasaki who looks after the CTP.

    Just next door Screen, another iconic Japanese manufacturer had a very busy stand. Based in the imperial city of Kyoto it has successfully reinvented itself as the market for its emblematic platemaking technology dwindled and almost died. But Screen is one of the few in the world still manufacturing CTP machines and lo and behold, there’s a new version released at this IGAS. A stripped-down unit aimed at the replacement market in developing countries, the PlateRite 8600NII can be upgraded with all the latest technology. As with much of Screen’s well-regarded technology, it’s widely rebadged and OEM’d.

    If you think a new CTP verges on the anachronistic, I was astounded to see a new proofing press on the stand, the Proof Jet F780 Mark ll. Who’d have thought sections of the Japanese media and advertising industry still insist on a proof from a proofing press? I mean, what’s the point, when it’s not going to be printed on the proofing press? Still, that’s what they want and Screen is happy to provide it.

    However, don’t let me give you the impression that Screen is caught in a weird time warp. Most of its stand was a model display of high-powered digital printing with two versions of the high-speed Truepress Jet, one for direct marketing production, the other for graphic arts; very impressive results. No sign yet of a cut sheet version.

    Fascinated to see the developments of Screen’s label press, with a new version out for the show, the TruePress L350UV+LM. The LM stands for low-migration; an ink set aiming to avoid any challenges to its suitability for labels on food products. Next to it was an Italian laser die cutter, a Cartes GE361L producing the best results from the technology I’ve seen. The label roll is split as it enters the machine with the printed layer being laser cut from the rear before being reunited with the liner. Clever solution that solves most of the angle cut problems from using lasers.

    Nothing to see here again, I’m afraid.

    One of the disappointments of IGAS was the no show of the Canon Voyager, the much-hyped flagship graphic arts digital press. I saw it at last drupa, but it wasn’t operating. The samples on display were tremendous. Same at IGAS. Lots of fabulous samples behind glass, lots of banners promoting the model, but no actual press. There were no English speaking staff, insofar as I could find, so I’m no wiser as to what’s happening with the Voyager. Perhaps it’s not for the Japanese market.

    There was an Océ Colorado there, promoted as a Canon product.

    David Currie, Australian IGAS-san and still a formidable printing equipment salesman.

    After a couple of days of missed calls, I managed to get in front of David Currie, executive chairman Currie Group, on the Saturday morning. I was keen to meet in Tokyo because David, if anyone, is the Australian IGAS-san. He tells me he’s being coming to the show for 31 years, ever since he hooked up with long-term friend and partner Hori-san, founder and owner of Horizon. (Hori-san… Horizon. Geddit?)

    We forget that at that time in the 1980s there was a sense, much promoted by competitors, that ‘Made in Japan’ was somehow dodgy and inferior. Certainly the trail David Currie blazed at the time was the road less travelled. Of course, nowadays, Japanese technology is the benchmark of quality and innovation.

    Such is the case with the vast range of equipment on the Horizon stand, the largest at IGAS, and not only on the Horizon stand but on others too, such as Ricoh and HP. In fact almost all the digital press manufacturers are using Horizon finishing kit.

    We tried to track Hori-san for a celebratory photo, but he wasn’t to be found. Then true to form, David Currie transformed into a younger version of himself as a Horizon equipment product manager and gave me a pretty comprehensive tour of the stand. Sure, he’s got people to do that for him, but once a printing equipment salesman …

    Anniversary celebrations for Richard Timson, whose 30 years with Heidelberg, man and boy, was commemorated with a gift of saki from Shuya Mizyno, president of Heidelberg Japan and Thomas Frank, head of sales Asia Pacific, who is also a 30-year Heidelberg veteran.

    Saturday afternoon with the typhoon closing in it was time to taxi to the Heidelberg showroom in Shinagawa. (Travel tip: never trust the driver over Google maps.) The German press manufacturer, represented by the redoubtable Thomas Frank, was showing off its Smart Print Shop concept while virtually promoting the new digital Primefire. There was no actual showing of the inkjet (at the Heidelberg IGAS stand visitors donned goggle-style glasses for a virtual tour) but there was a mighty Speedmaster XL 106, which proceeded to print 12 jobs of 150 sheets each (20 waste sheets per job) in 30 minutes, without operator intervention.

    While the printing was underway, the plates changing automatically and the press autonomously adjusting the settings, we were taken on a tour of the full print process, including the Versafire, which produced 26 digital jobs at the same time, again without operator input.

    Heidelberg promotes the concept as digitally controlled printing. Hugely productive to meet the challenge of the digital world, Frank also mentioned the ‘r’ word as in ‘rent a press’ with all the consumables supplied. This is the reality of the ‘subscription printing’ scheme being promoted by the company to drive new sales. It’s attempting to change the concept of how you go about owning productive print. Richard Timson, managing director ANZ says he’s close to getting the first Australian customer signed on.

    Determined to win: Tomomitsu Harada, is new managing director of the Australian company.

    Monday morning saw me heading west out of Tokyo to Tomi, halfway across the main island to visit the Mimaki plant. The aggressive and competitive wide format brand makes no bones about its drive to win market share in Australia and New Zealand. Tomomitsu Harada, the new managing director of the Australian company, unabashedly takes pride in his determined sales drive. At 31 it’s his first overseas managing director’s role and he’s determined to make the most of it. Bringing his family here in September, he’s settling in Chatswood, where else?

    Mimaki has one of the largest ranges of wide format equipment in the sector. With a company goal to double its revenue to $US1 billion within five years it’s the very model of a ‘win at all costs’ Japanese company. Fascinating to hear Harada quote the ‘beat sheet’ used by his salespeople; equipment that’s half the investment cost of rivals, ink that’s always cheaper, service that is aiming to be 100% performed by the company with a few years.

    There’s no doubting the engineering quality of Mimaki, but what makes it stand out for me is its sheer sales drive to win. It’s only been going direct in the local market for four years but expect to hear a lot more from the full-on Harada. He’ll be here in time for Visual Impact in Sydney where he promises to unveil a few surprises.

    The Epson stand, where I missed my walk through with Alastair Bourne, was packed with good gear such as the Surepress L-6034VW. It also provided my first sight of the LX-10000F, the Workforce engine that’s bringing PrecisionCore inkjet technology into the office and small production sectors.

    And that’s it from me in Japan. It was a great show. I messed up with a couple of appointments, notably with Epson on Monday (my apologies Alastair – see photo above). Check out the next issue of Print21 magazine for full IGAS report.

    Now I’m off to Haneda airport for an overnighter to Sydney. See you at the Yaffa LIVE Forum on Friday.


  • Scott Print upgrades with Screen CtP

    Scott Print’s recently refurbished Aberdeen Street, Perth premises.

    WA printer Scott Print has revamped its prepress department with a new Screen PlateRite CtP device from Fujifilm that replaces two older machines and provides a boost in production.

    The Screen PlateRite HD PT-R8900N-S CtP model chosen by Scott Print is the middle of the PT-R8900N range, delivering up to 48 B1 size plates per hour at 2400dpi. It is capable of 4,000dpi with a high-resolution option. Scott Print has been running Fujifilm Superia LH-PJE plates for some time to feed its two Komori UV presses, an eight-colour B1 Komori G840P featuring H-UV ink curing and a six-colour B2 Komori S629, also with H-UV.

    The new Screen device replaces two older Creo platesetters and features an MA-L8900 autoloader, which enables three cassettes of up to 100 plates to be loaded automatically for a total of 300 plates, or 500 with the addition of two extra cassettes.

    (l-r) Dean Metcalfe, John Scott, Tim Scott and press supervisor Adrian Piccaluga with the new CtP.

    “We have been very happy with the performance of the Superia plates, particularly with our UV inks, and now with the upgrade to the Screen platesetter from Fujifilm, we have greater productivity, increased uptime and higher overall consistency,” says John Scott, joint general manager with his cousin Tim. “The support has been outstanding and with the lo-chem Superia ZAC processing system, our chemical and water use is minimal.”

    Screen’s CtP technology advances have focused on reducing energy use. Today’s 8-page PlateRite devices consume about one-quarter of the energy of a ten-year old machine – thanks to the adoption of 512-channel Grating Light Valves – and an 80% reduction in power use when in standby mode.

    Scott Print has constructed a new plate room as part of a refurbishment of its iconic Aberdeen Street, Perth premises, bringing printing to full view at the front of the premises. With wide glass expanses, Scott has created a more customer-friendly experience, moving away from the ‘dark arts’ image of the past.

    “With the introduction of our new platesetter, what we’ve noticed most is the speed it can output plates – this has dramatically improved on our press downtime,” says Scott’s prepress manager, Dean Metcalfe, who will be the main user of the new CtP. “The autoloader also allows us to continue making plates even when the machine is in operation, something we could not do in the past. Going from two machines down to one – we now have only one plate processor – this has cut our already-low chemical use almost in half, which further improves on our environmental footprint. Overall, we are extremely happy with our new platesetter – there is no looking back now.”

    Scott Print, a much-awarded printer at both PICAs and National Print Awards, was established in 1978 by Michael and Dudley Scott, who handed the reins over to John and Tim Scott in the early 2000s.


  • Screen’s ‘Digital Everywhere’ for IGAS

    The Truepress Jet520HD high-speed inkjet press will be the star of Screen’s ‘Digital Everywhere’ stand at the big IGAS trade fair in Tokyo later this month.

    ‘It’s well worth the visit’: Peter Scott, MD Screen GP Australia.

    “We look forward to warmly welcoming all IGAS visitors from Australia and New Zealand,” says Screen GP Australia MD Peter Scott. “Although the theme is ‘Digital Everywhere,’ Screen will also show latest developments in CtP and other products not yet available in our market. The venue is stunning and, of course, Tokyo night life after work is legendary. It’s well worth the visit.”

    Working examples illustrating the possibilities available with a digital printing business will be on show, including many items not possible with standard offset or flexo/gravure label printing, including mixed and small lot on-demand books, variable direct mail, security tickets, food packaging labels and shrink-wrap labels for beverages.

    At the core of the stand will be the EQUIOS workflow solution platform, which drives the range of Truepress Jet digital presses and can also interface with offset CtP for longer runs and mixed offset/digital production.

    The star of the show will be Screen’s Truepress Jet520HD high-speed inkjet press, running SC wide-gamut inks that enable digital printing onto standard offset coated stocks.

    The excellence of the 520HD + SC ink combination led to them receiving twin prizes in the US and Japan: a 2017 InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America (PIA) and a 2018 technology award from the Japanese Society of Printing Science and Technology (JSPST). Newly improved drying functions have further increased print speeds to 75 meters per minute even on offset coated papers.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to see a production solution built around EQUIOS that is linked from its front end, through to digital print and on to a cut and stack system provided by post-processing experts Tecnau.

    The exhibit will also include the debut of EQUIOS Online Version 5, the latest edition of the platform’s Web portal system.

    The Truepress Jet L350UV+LM will make its Asia-Pacific regional debut at IGAS. The high-end digital label press enables a significantly expanded range of applications including food packaging labels and shrink-wrap labels for beverages.

    A laser die cutting machine from Cartes will also be on display as a post-processing solution. Technologies newly developed by Cartes are highly effective for overcoming the issue of white edges generated during die cutting. The system’s capabilities will be introduced in a demonstration of high-speed cutting using variable data.

    Screen’s IGAS stand can be found in East Hall 2, No. 2-1, at the Tokyo Big Site from July 26th to 31st.

  • Winds of change: Haisman joins Screen

    Screen has appointed former managing director of QI Press Controls Australasia, James Haisman, as its manager for the Northern Region covering NSW, ACT and Queensland.

    Peter Scott, managing director of Screen Australia welcomed Haisman’s global experience and achievements. “He has advanced commercial skills and is accustomed to negotiating capital equipment investments within the printing industry, that fall within the price range in which we operate. I believe that customers will find it a pleasure meeting and dealing with him. Screen welcomes him onboard,” said Scott. 

    Haisman has relocated from Melbourne to Sydney to take up the position. He first moved to Australia from the UK in 2005 to establish optical measurement and control systems developer for web-offset presses, QI Press Controls Australasia, where he was managing director up to 2010.

    He was also the international general manager of PressTech and has years of experience in the flexo and gravure packaging sector during his time with corona treatment specialists Sherman and Softal.

    “I have always been motivated by close dealings with customers, determining the best solutions for their businesses and following through to ensure mutual success. Screen is renowned for equipment quality, service and, since entering the digital printing sector, innovation and market leadership. I am delighted to get onboard with Screen and look forward to re-acquainting myself with customers who I know and to meeting new ones,” said Haisman.

    Haisman holds a BA (Hons) in International Studies and also attended the Royal Military College in Sandhurst. He is currently three years into a Juris Doctor law degree from Monash University.

  • Benefitz completes first Truepress Jet SX installation in southern hemisphere

    Auckland-based marketing services provider, Benefitz, is the first site in the southern hemisphere to complete the installation a sheetfed Screen Truepress Jet SXB2 digital inkjet press. Manufactured by Dainippon Screen, and sold locally though Fuji Xerox, a subsidiary of Screen’s New Zealand distributor, Fujifilm, the Truepress Jet SX was chosen following three years of careful research of the B2 digital market by directors Aidan and Dallas Bennett.

    “I was first shown the Screen Jet SX at the international Ipex exhibition in the UK in 2010. As a Screen customer for CTP and the direct-imaging Truepress 344, we knew the quality of the equipment and the support we could expect from both Screen and its New Zealand distributor Fujifilm,” said Aidan Bennett. “However, it was a beta demonstration back then and not ready for market. Following the first commercial installation of a Jet SX at RCS in the UK in late 2012, Dallas and I visited Screen’s technical centre in Tokyo where we put some of our own jobs through.”

    According to Bennett, the marketing, versatility and environmental advantages were immediately apparent for his 25-year old progressive company.

    Fellow director Dallas Bennett with the new installation.

    “This culture permeates right through our organisation of over 80 employees, from creation to print and fulfillment,” he said. “The Jet SX ticked all the boxes for sheet size, enabling us to print 4-up, quality at 1440dpi on standard offset stocks up to 600gsm, the ability to vary the data on every sheet and personalise and of course the environment because there are no plates, chemicals, solvents and very little paper waste.”

    The installation and training took place during July and August, with Benefitz’s offset printers receiving upskilling to digital from their B2 Komori presses, which are still kept busy for longer print runs. The Jet SX will compliment these offset presses and is a nice fit between the digital presses. It will take on existing work but will also bring lots of new opportunities due to the capability in terms of heavy stocks and sheet size.

    “The requirements of our customers are constantly changing,” adds Aidan Bennett. “The Jet SX will be an essential tool for us to respond to their requirements. We also have some exciting new projects we will be tackling as a result of this investment.”

    The company operates from two large premises in the go-ahead North Shore part of Auckland. Wide and grand format is housed in its own building with a new Fujifilm Uvistar Pro8 5 metre roll-feed press and a new EFI VuteK 3.2 metre flatbed UV amongst four Mimaki printers, cutters and CNC routers, die-cutters, laminators, PVC welders and finishing equipment. Every conceivable wide-format application is produced here including vehicle wraps, pop-ups, roll-ups, POP displays, teardrop banners, fabricated shop furniture, indoor and outdoor signage

    The sheetfed printing, finishing, creative design, publishing and website development team is housed in a nearby larger building. App development is a recent addition to Benefitz’s range of marketing services. The Screen Jet SX is the latest addition to a fleet that includes two Komori five-colour offset presses fed by Screen CTP (also supplied by Fujifilm NZ); a GTO 52, a Fuji Xerox iGen4 and Color 1000 and a host of finishing equipment.

    “We are partnering with Fuji Xerox to install this new Screen Truepress JetSX machine,” said Aidan Bennett.

    Benefitz runs a fleet of 20 wrapped and branded vehicles including a Hino lift-truck for billboard and other signage installations. The company also operates ‘A-Frame’ advertising trailers up to 6 x 3 metres which are towed around Auckland streets.

    Fellow director, and Aidan’s brother, Dallas Bennett says: “We aim to provide as complete a service as possible for our customers. Our strategy is to use the latest technology investments to show customers what can be achieved and we encourage them to come in and see for themselves; we don’t hide our technology, we are proud of it. We are offset printers as well and publish magazines which for speed, economy and quality will remain offset but for how long is anyone’s guess. The Screen Jet SX is a sign of the future and will bring immediate benefits to our production capabilities, which our customers are going to love.”

  • Screen bolsters wide format standing with Truepress Jet W3200UV launch

    Dainippon Screen is bolstering its side format standing in the global market with the launch of its Truepress Jet W3200UV at the FESPA trade show in London this week.

    “The launch of the Truepress Jet W3200UV reinforces our commitment to the wide-format market,” said Brian Filler (pictured), president, Screen Europe. “The printer represents a step change for the industry and incorporates the latest UV inkjet imaging technologies to deliver the ultimate in performance and reliability.

    “Our customers want the assurance that they can produce consistent quality graphics, around the clock if need be, with a printer that delivers low total cost of ownership and the Truepress Jet W3200UV is the solution,” he said.

    The Truepress Jet W3200UV, which is commercially available from October this year, expands Screen’s range of wide-format UV printers, which also includes the Truepress JetW1632UV and the Truepress Jet2500 hybrid printer.

    The Truepress Jet W3200UV has been a joint development between Screen and its subsidiary company Inca Digital using core imaging and inkjet technologies refined by both companies over many years. The printer has been developed as a cost-effective solution for the market looking to upgrade from legacy high-quality, low speed printers to a new generation printer that delivers high-quality and high productivity.

    The new six-colour + white printer has been designed to meet the demands of the POS, signage and decor markets today with the ability to print onto a wide range of rigid and flexible media up to 3.2 x 1.6m in size and up to a maximum 50mm thickness.

    A new print carriage design allows the printer to achieve best-in-class print speeds of 84 sqm/hr (904 sqft/hr). Using Screen’s vibrant Truepress inks, including high-opacity white, light cyan and light magenta, the Truepress Jet W3200UV delivers high-definition, wide-colour gamut print quality with excellent resistance to the bending and cutting of media.

    Software options for the Truepress Jet W3200UV include the choice of Wasatch SoftRIP or ColorGATE Production Server 5, alongside Screen EQUIOS workflow automation and PDF Polisher file optimisation software to help improve all-round quality.

  • Screen’s high-speed label press – Print21 PacPrint HotPick

    PacPrint hosed the world premier of the revamped commercial version of Screen’s label press, the Truepress Jet L350UV, with the Japanese press manufacturer’s top brass flying into Melbourne for the occasion.

    The new version of the UV press, markedly different to the drupa technology preview version, attracted a lot of interest and according to Peter Scott, Screen managing director, there is a sale in the offing. “People are very impressed when they see how fast the press can print and the quality that comes off it,” he said.

    Katsuhiko Aoki, president of Screen was presented with the Hot Pick by Nick Pond, Print21 deputy publisher.

    Katsuhiko Aoki, president of Screen’s Media & Precision Technology Company, was at PacPrint for two days to be present for the new look press’s unveiling.

    “We are honoured to have such senior Screen people here for PacPrint,” said Scott. “It is also an opportunity to acquire excellent technical knowledge on the label press for our local service team prior to its full release.”

    The company claims the Truepress Jet L350UV is the fastest digital label press available in the market, rated at over 16 square metres of label stock per minute on a 350mm web.

    The new production version of the press has been engineered as either a roll-to-roll press for near-line finishing, or with the ability to feature in-line finishing such as die-cutting, foiling, coating and embossing.

    The press  is also  been sold through Screen reseller Jet Technologies on stand number #1238.

  • Jet Technologies makes its first PacPrint13 sale

    Dragon Printing in Sydney is taking on a SCREEN PlateRite FX870II Flexo CtP system, with the new plate making system set to be installed immediately following the PacPrint13 trade show in Melbourne, where the machine will be on display at supplier Jet Technologies’ stand.

    The Mascot-based label and narrow web printer settled on the new PlateRite machine from local supplier, Jet Technologies, as part of its aim to bring its photopolymer plate-making duties in-house. The sale represents Jet Technologies’ first PacPrint13-related sale this year.

    Although the purchase of the machine has been completed, Dragon Printing will have to wait until after PacPrint13 is over to install the PlateRite unit, as Jet technologies will be featuring the machine at its PacPrint stand.

    While it waits for the machine to be installed, Dragon Print is getting its plates made on the device at Jet Technologies’ nearby technical centre.

    The PlateRite joins Dragon Printing’s Gallus ECS 340 label press, which was installed last year at the Sydney site. Paul McCullum (pictured), Dragon Printing director and co-owner, says the new installations are part of a move to improve the business’s quality and productivity.

    “We are moving up-market in both quality and productivity,” says McCullum, “the addition of the ECS 340 – our fifth Gallus – has increased both aspects but we needed to be in control of our platemaking. Jet Technologies’ sales director, David Reece, introduced us to the SCREEN FX870II; we ran tests with their photopolymer plates and could see that this was the way forward for us.

    “It is critical to get the photopolymer plates just right,” he says; “and with today’s shorter runs and more frequent plate changes, making them in-house considerably improves our service to customers.”

    Peter Scott, SCREEN managing director, says the PlateRite sale to Dragon Printing is reflective of a larger trend in CtP uptake from the offset market.

    “We are experiencing a surge in CtP sales for the offset market at the moment, so adding this Flexo installation through our channel partner Jet Technologies, is the icing on the cake,” says Scott. “SCREEN will provide local technical support and work with Jet Technologies to ensure maximum uptime.”

    For Jack Malki, Jet Technologies’ managing director, the sale of the PlateRite system to Dragon Printing can be considered as the company’s first official PacPrint13 sale, even though the trade show is still weeks away.

    “You could say this is PacPrint’s first exhibition sale – four weeks before opening, he says. “Dragon Printing has kindly agreed to our exhibiting their SCREEN FX870II at the show and we expect to gain more orders on this basis.”

  • Screen Australia first with Truepress Jet L350UV showcase at PacPrint13

    Dainippon Screen Australia will be the first Screen subsidiary to showcase a working, commercially available Screen Truepress Jet L350UV at a major trade fair, with the official release date to be announced soon after PacPrint13. The local showing follows the technology demonstration at drupa and LabelExpo Americas less than a year ago.

    “We’re very excited about bringing the L350UV to PacPrint,” says local Managing Director Peter Scott; “it’s not just that it is our newest digital press but the specifications and performance place the L350UV right at the top level of currently available digital label presses.”

    Scott nominates features such as the 350mm web width and  50 metres-per-minute linear speed amongst the class-leading features, saying, that, “at 350mm, or 13.7 inches, the L350UV is more in tune with the expectations of Flexo and Offset label printers where 350mm is a standard web width.

    “As a UV press, this means the L350UV can take most of the standard stocks a label printer will have as inventory, without the need to order special narrower widths. There is no currently available digital label press faster than 50 linear metres-per-minute, or over 16 square metres-per-minute of printed labels,” he says.

    According to the company, research conducted by the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry, PIRA (now Smithers-PIRA) shows that by 2016, 25.7 per cent of all labels used globally will be digitally-printed. Also, according to another leading research organization, IT Strategies, by 2015, 44.3 per cent of new label presses installed will be digital.

    “It’s a good growth market for both label printers and digital press manufacturers,” says Scott.

    The Truepress Jet L350UV prints in wide-gamut CMYK, with the option of adding white ink from the beginning of 2014. The print resolution of 600dpi with small 3 picolitre droplets, plus UV curing, ensures fine detail, excellent colour and resolving of very fine type. Each printhead delivers 4 levels of grayscale which, together with specific screening algorhythms, makes for very smooth gradations and vignettes.

    “Productivity, ink and maintenance costs will place the L350UV way ahead of its nearest rival in efficiency and closer to UV Flexo than any other machine but with the advantage of short runs printed digitally,” says Scott. “It is engineered with Screen integrity and can comfortably produce 1.4 million square metres of labels per year. We are working with leading finishing manufacturers who will easily integrate Hotfoil stamping, Laminating, Die-Cutting and Stripping inline with the L350UV.”

    Distribution for Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV will be through its existing Flexo partner, Jet Technologies. “Jet Technologies’ deep understanding of the narrow web market, coupled with their success with our Flexo CTP platemakers, makes them the obvious choice,” says Scott. “At PacPrint, the press will be on the Screen stand but Jet Technologies is right across the aisle from us.”

    Screen is on stand 1638 at PacPrint, with Jet Technologies on the adjacent stand 1238