Europa Print and Mailing Solutions signed a deal at IPEX for a Tharstern Management Information System that will be crucial to long-term growth plans where turnover is predicted to jump by over 50% to £4million within two years.

Fujifilm today announces that the tilia Griffin wide format automatic layout solution from Tilia Labs has been added to its suite of XMF workflow products. tilia Griffin automates the process of laying out jobs on a single sheet in order to maximise the printed area and minimise the substrate waste after cutting, a process that many wide format printers still use Adobe Illustrator or similar programmes for. tilia Griffin rapidly works out the optimal use of space, saving both the time taken to do this process manually and the material that is inevitably wasted through a time consuming manual process.

The automation revolution is in full swing. Businesses from multiple sectors are leaping to harness the potential of new technology to streamline production, minimize time wastage and save money.

Leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker today released Ultimaker Cura 3.0, a new version of its slicing software which enhances the performance and accessibility of Ultimaker’s hardware, software, materials and services. Ultimaker Cura 3.0 is open for third-party plugins providing a seamless workflow integration between industry-standard CAD applications.

Turnkey workflow solutions for fast start-up, increased automation, enhanced collaboration and more demonstrate Esko’s ongoing investment in the labels & packaging market.

Tharstern, the technology for print, packaging and labelling industries, will be showing latest world-class MIS (Management Information Systems) developments at two print shows in the UK in the coming weeks.

Label printers can drive greater value with comprehensive digital print workflow and ERP and innovative LED inkjet technologies featured in the EFI exhibit at Labelexpo Europe 2017. EFI's stand in hall 9, C40 at the September 25-28 tradeshow in Brussels features the new version 5 of EFI's Packaging Suite workflow software. The EFI stand also shows the enhanced EFI™Jetrion® 4950lxe LED inkjet narrow-web press with white ink, driven by advanced EFI Fiery® digital front ends (DFEs) for digital label production.

At the upcoming SGIA Expo visitors to the Onyx Graphics booth 2435 can experience the award-winning ONYX Hub business intelligence tool, designed to help print service providers make better business decisions. Trending data will be previewed giving users an understanding of what is happening in their print shop over time and how to better understand costs. SGIA will be held from the 10th - 12th of October in New Orleans.

Infigo Software and Tharstern are celebrating the “enormous interest” that should lead to important new deals triggered from a world first software development launch in Chicago at Print 17.

SA International (SAi), the leading provider of software solutions for the professional signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, will use SGIA Expo (October 10-12 – booth 2749) to demonstrate how wide-format sign & display print providers can win new customers, shorten artwork approval time and ensure greater flexibility and cost control with its extensive added-value solutions. This includes time-saving mobile apps, cost-effective subscription packages, right through to membership in the company’s popular SIGN.com network, designed to direct online signage jobs to local sign & display companies using SAi Flexi.

In a world first on Booth Number 334 in the South Hall at Print 17 in Chicago [10-14 September], Infigo Software and Tharstern will demonstrate how printing companies can give their customers 24/7 access to the estimating engine within an MIS, allowing them to create their own live quotations, on-demand.

EFI today announced the availability of the next generation of its industry leading Fiery® production printing platform. Digital front ends (DFEs) based on EFI Fiery FS300 Pro platform drive presses across sheetfed, high-speed continuous feed, B1 folding carton, and corrugated digital production systems. These new products retain Fiery technology's position as the world's most productive and versatile DFE platform offering with new features in the key areas that print customers care about: color, performance, usability and integration.

EFI a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, is continuing to evolve the integration between the new Kodak™ PRINERGY™ Workflow 8 platform and its industry-leading EFI™ Fiery® digital front end (DFE) platform. With the expanded capabilities between Fiery DFEs and PRINERGY Workflow 8.1, print business owners gain the best of digital and conventional presses, allowing them to make decisions in real time for the most cost efficient production scenarios.

ArtSystems’ Digital Application Specialist, Charlotte Crampton, was given the remit of refreshing the company’s demo suite and reception area to better reflect the Nottingham-based specialist distributor’s portfolio. She chose the theme of “real world signage”. The result provides a state-of-the-art workflow masterclass.

Kornit Digital a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing, and ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions GmbH will be collaborating to take their high-end industrial and professional solutions to the next level. Direct-to-garment printers can now profit from the trusted Kornit Digital quality, enhanced by the ColorGATE RIP performance optimization features. The collaboration marks another important step in Kornit’s efforts to surround its textile printing systems with an ecosystem of workflow and job management solutions. The complete solution will be available as of Q4 2017.

Onyx Graphics has launched version 12.2 of its wide format print workflow and RIP software featuring a range of updated features including improved RIP and data transfer processing speeds, new multi-roll functionality, job scaling and rotation directly from the file, and cutting workflow enhancements for greater automation.

Konica Minolta and SCREEN, have enhanced collaboration in the digital commercial printing area to achieve seamless hybrid workflows and increase user-friendliness in offset printing and digital printing. The two companies will further improve efficiency, expand business opportunities, and deliver new value in the commercial printing industry.

Agfa has released Asanti 3.0 - the latest version of its automated production hub and workflow tool for sign and display printers. Asanti automates workflow for sign and display applications, taking control of the entire process, from prepress to production and finishing.

Onyx Graphics has, as a Crossroads Partner, developed a Switch Configurator that supports the specific demands of large format printers. Based on Switch automation software from Enfocus, this new solution – called the Onyx Switch Configurator – will expand benefits of Onyx Connect software for graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications by giving users an improved solution for automating their workflow.

Users of Zünd digital cutting tables will find this new Prep Center workflow software capable of achieving all types of printing and cutting layers – including routing, creasing, kiss-cutting, V-cutting and engraving – at very high speeds. Cut times can also be estimated due to integration with Zünd’s Cut Center software.

Agfa has released the latest version of its cloud-based web-to-print workflow system, StoreFront 3.0, designed for the Commercial Printing (Apogee) and Display/Signage (Asanti) markets. Apogee and Asanti StoreFront 3.0 gives print service providers a series of new features to promote their service offerings to their customers and reach new markets online.

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