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On-Demand Car Wrapping with UV Print Technology

MTR Indoor Outdoor Signing, a sign maker located in Limburg, The Netherlands, recently invested in the UCJV300-160, the latest large format, UV LED curable integrated printing/cutting machine from Mimaki One month in, owner Marco Tobben wonders how they ever managed without it.

Only BannerSpring can turn a crumbling wall into a flawless wallscape in 24 minutes.

Find out how Sevenoaks District Council put Antalis products to work for two-time Olympic Champion, Lizzy Yarnold’s Victory Parade.

The printing industry, globally as well as in the Middle East is dynamic in nature and on an evolutionary path. The change in the customer's needs, technology and market conditions have made it important for all the major players in the industry to innovate and adapt their offerings to the conditions. While some manufacturers would prefer to consolidate their traditional print businesses, others may choose to expand into other relevant services. One thing that will be common is a need to not just rely on successful traditional business models but make strategic decisions to look at providing print technology and services for a 'future workplace."

One way to attract customers is with eye-catching, environmentally-friendly display materials. Thanks to Hop-Syn synthetic paper, retailers’ point-of-purchase signage stands out. The 100% recyclable substrate displays vibrant images, while meeting their strict sustainability requirements. Hop-Syn is so versatile that it can also be used for anti-theft packaging.

The latest iPhones look pretty cool – but they could look even better! In fact, your mobile could even be customised to reflect your own taste and personality.

Handy Labels has been going strong since 2007 and last year extended its reach even further with a fresh new website, helping artisan businesses to improve their packaging and accessibility. Running steadily over this decade have been two Roland DG SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 large format printer/cutters.

Printing Pixels

May 23, 2018

Remember photography? Back in the eighties Martin Thompson was in the darkrooms of the Royal College of Art, carefully agitating a tray of developer, patiently waiting for an image to appear on a blank sheet of photographic paper. A stop bath, a fix and a wash later, he would usually shuffle back to the enlarger to try again. “I was never satisfied with a ‘straight’ photograph” says Martin, “it just wasn’t enough. I was experimenting with multiple exposures, dodging, burning, toning and painting on my photographs. I was trying anything. It was a bit hit and miss in those days”. The work he did produce was good enough to be used by eighties style magazines ‘The Face’ and ‘Blitz’ but in the darkroom the possibilities were limited. Then everything went digital. Suddenly the possibilities were endless.

Let’s face it: the world will never be 100% environmentally friendly – at least not during my lifetime, which I plan to continue for at least another five to six decades. Sustainability is one of those hyped words that everyone uses and interprets freely based on their own definition. Many companies claim that their product is sustainable, albeit based only on a narrow set of attributes. More often than not, we as customers just take their word for it. A company, for example, can claim sustainability solely based on ink characteristics, without considering other factors such as power consumption or ink usage. Don’t get me wrong, any progress toward a more sustainable world should be applauded, but I personally think taking one concrete approach at a time is the way to go.

Lasercut.London Ltd. is a specialist in its field, having evolved from a laser-cutting business to a problem-solving consultancy for high-end brands, offering design and manufacture of awards, furniture, automotive products and more. As such, it seeks out cutting-edge equipment to meet the specific requirements of its clients – but discovered its new Roland VersaUV LEF-12i offered far more than the one function for which it was installed.

Renault Sport Formula One™ Team unveiled the new livery for its racing car in February: a slick black and yellow design with graphics printed with Roland DG equipment.

PlotFactory AG employs state-of-the-art equipment, along with a big helping of passion, to create a wide range of advertising and promotional products. Equally diverse is the range of materials that are processed with the help of Zünd cutting technologies. Since fall 2017, the company's latest flagship digital cutter, the Zünd G3 3XL-3200, has been operating nonstop.

Automation enables us to realize revenue at every opportunity by streamlining process inefficiencies. A recent report from The McKinsey Global Institute recognised that at a microeconomic level, automation enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage through reductions in labor costs as well as performance improvements such as increased throughput, higher quality outputs and less downtime. As such, automated workflow technologies can take large format print (LFP) businesses to unprecedented levels of profitability.

Guaranteeing consistency of colour reproduction across devices and substrates has always been a challenge for the wide-format print sector - but it doesn’t have to be.

The Colour House has clocked up two decades in sign and print, and for the last ten years has depended on a Roland VP-540 printer for a variety of work. Therefore when the Merthyr Tydfil, UK business decided to invest in a machine that could offer its customers larger, seam-free prints, it went straight to Roland DG.

"Not only have we increased the number of jobs per day – we've also improved our profit margins." Together with our technology partner Canon Deutschland, a perfect interplay between Canon highspeed printing presses and OneVision's Wide Format Automation Suite was achieved for the joint customer. The result: a fully automated prepress workflow, optimum print data, and perfect printing results.

The Promocompany, based in Ede, The Netherlands is a wholesale business that sports a 25-year reputation as a key player in promotional items. The business recently decided to insource printing and selected two Mimaki printers.

Bow Design is a small business, but its new Roland DG TrueVIS VG-640 has allowed it to take some of the UK's biggest companies as clients.

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