Spandex, the one-stop supplier of innovative solutions to the sign and display industries, has received media certification for 10 of its ImagePerfect substrates for use with the HP Latex 300 series of digital printers.

Why settle for latex?

October 18, 2016

The topic of latex inkjet printing can be a funny old thing at times. There are many who love their latex printers but there are also those who don’t. Let’s face it, most people who have invested in a latex printer probably made the decision to do so based on environmental concerns (my customers will love me more for having a latex printer over a solvent printer etc.) and they fell for much of the hype that HP fed the market.

Roland DG are pleased to announce the UK availability of Texart Fluor inks, adding an amazing range of fluorescent colours to the already wide gamut. Texart XT-640 and Texart RT-640 users are offered the chance to increase their colour portfolio with over 375 fluorescent hues when combined with other Texart inks, bringing new profitable applications to their business.

Roland DG says all new TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540 machines can be shipped with configuration for White ink, alongside updated versions of machine and VersaWorks Dual firmware.

Roland DG is to release a series of fluorescent inks specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye-sublimation printers.

HP has given its DesignJet Z-series portfolio of printers a boost with two new models that feature new HP chromatic red ink that the company says enhances the colour gamut and makes them a more attractive option for the production of high-impact point of purchase signs and posters.

Nth Degree Imaging has relocated to a new UK central location as part of a major new strategic expansion plan. The new offices in Peterborough will be better sized and positioned to house and demonstrate a vast array of the very latest wide format printing and finishing equipment, media, colour management and workflow solutions.

This year’s Sign & Digital UK at the NEC has been hailed a success and, with almost identical attendance figures as the 2015 event, it looks as if the show has attracted interest from a broader cross section of the printing industry - and they like it enough to keep coming back. What was even more encouraging was the increased amount of business done at the show, with many of the visitors going along to either place an order on the day or have a final look-see before making a post-show purchasing decision.

Mimaki is set to change the way vacuum moulded, or thermoformed applications are created with the launch a unique, stretchable ink suitable for a wide range of thermoforming applications.

EFI has acquired specialist UK chemicals company Rialco Limited, one of Europe's leading suppliers of dye powders and colour products for the digital print and industrial manufacturing industries.

Mimaki says it has added Light Black to its portfolio of high-performance sublimation inks following the recent release of neon yellow and pink fluorescent inks available in two litre ink packs, all of which are ideal for low-volume, high-quality use in fashion and sportswear and swimwear.

To promote the launch of its new generation Eco-Sol Max 3 ink, Roland DG has announced a special conversion deal to existing Roland DG customers when they upgrade to Eco-Sol Max 3.

printMAX says that now is the ideal time to invest in a new Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR 640 or XF 640 printer in order to qualify for one year’s free supply of Roland’s new Eco-Sol Max 3 inks, worth over £7,000.

Wide format inkjet ink manufacturer Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS) has scooped two prestigious awards for its Broadstairs production facility at the Best Factory Awards. The company walked off with both the Export award and, for the third year running, Best Process Plant award.

Roland DG has released EUV4 ECO-UV ink developed specifically for use with its VersaUV UV-LED inkjet printers. The new EUV4 ink features a change in chemistry that reduces odour and the shrinking of thin film materials such as BOPP, PE and PET when curing. In addition to a 220ml cartridge, a new, larger 500ml cartridge has also been introduced (white ink is only available in 220ml cartridges).

As a company who strives to understand the needs and expectations of our end users, third party inks is not a new conversation, and one that crops up often. With inks being so crucial to output quality and durability and the lifecycle of machinery, it’s an important topic.

Roland DG has launched the next generation of ECO-SOL MAX ink for use with its range of eco-solvent printers and printer/cutters. New ECO-SOL MAX 3 has been designed to provide users with faster drying times, larger capacity cartridges, and a lower price per cc of ink. The new generation ink is also Greenguard Gold certified which ensures that prints can be used in public sector environments such as schools and hospitals.

DavidBowenProfileAlthough the technology has been around for a while, it’s only recently that printing with white ink has become popular. More and more projects that I am involved in at Bigger Printing are incorporating white ink in some capacity. Clearly word of mouth is spreading about the results, but what is special about white ink? In fact, why use white ink at all?

A system of printing direct to PET bottles has led Belgium based brewer Martens, based in Bocholt, to produce a range of beers with an interactive augmented reality label linked to a popular Belgium TV show. The direct print technology was developed by the German company KHS implementing low-migration inks from Agfa.

A large number of inks within the Fujifilm Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications have been approved for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled printers. These include: Uvijet KI, KV, OZ, OB, OL, OW, QN, WH, WI and LL.

Mike Horsten Mimaki EuropeIn many a history book we have read the lines ‘The King is Dead, Long Live the King’ – the old king dies and the new king is welcomed and becomes the greatest king. The history and evolution of printing technology and processes could be compared with this premise. In the Solvent printing business this has been happening. The older ink technologies which were smelly and poor quality but seen as wonderful during their time are being replaced with a new generation of inks which are bright, odourless and long lasting. The question is…‘Is Solvent the correct technology for the sign making industry at this moment in time?’

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