If you’ve been evaluating potential profit-center additions for your wide-format digital press, you might need to look no further than packaging prototypes and short-run packaging.
Esko has announced its intent to purchase Cape Systems, a provider of software solutions for packaging design, pallet-load optimization, and supply-chain profitability. Cape’s products and staff will be integrated into Esko’s portfolio and organization, Esko reports. The transaction is expected to close in late September.
Owners Katherine and Wade Becher of Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net), located in the Seattle metro area, wanted to add flare to their newest fleet with bright green and black graphics to represent their “wicked” shop.
SA International has announced a worldwide agreement for the supply of SAi FlexiStarter cutting software with the full range of Mutoh ValueCut cutters. The SAi FlexiStarter ValueCut edition software includes the drivers and registration marks for the Mutoh ValueCut cutters as well as a wide range of features for designing, drawing, viewing, manipulation, and tools for plotting and cutting. The software also provides a user-friendly interface for creating cut-vinyl signage and contour-cut decals of various substrates for special applications.
Canon Solutions America has launched the Océ Arizona 600 series of UV flatbed printers.
EFI has showed for the first time in the UK its 127-in., 6-color Vutek HS100 Pro, which can handle up to 100 beds/boards per hr (50 in P-O-P mode); 3600 sq ft/hr in roll-to-roll mode. The HS100 is driven by Orion software and a Fiery proServer, and offers variable-drop grayscale technology.
Durst introduced the Rho 512R UV rollfed printer, which has a max. print width of 16.4 ft and can handle a wide range of media (coated and uncoated). It uses Durst Quadro Array 12M printheads (12-pL drop size) and offers a top speed of 3767 sq ft/hr. CMYK is standard; light cyan and magenta, white, and process color addition inks (orange, violet) are optional. Max. resolution is 900 dpi.
Dainippon Screen has premiered its Truepress Jet W3200UV UV inkjet system, developed in conjunction with Inca Digital. The machine boasts a newly developed print carriage and a print speed of 904 sq ft/hr; standard inkset (Screen Truepress inks) is CMYK, with light cyan, light magenta, and white inks as options.
Mimaki has debuted its JV400-SUV printer. The 4-color printer, available in two print widths – 1371 and 1620mm – uses solvent UV (SUV) Mimaki inks that feature immediate curing, the company reports. The JV400-SUV can hit speeds up to 18 sq meters/hr; max. resolution is 1200 dpi. Other features include: improved variable-dot print technology (4-pL minimum); Nozzle Recovery Function; Uninterrupted Ink supply System; and a three-way intelligent heater.
Ilford has introduced OmniJet AquaBlock, a layer for aqueous media that is completely waterfast without lamination, the company reports, and so can be used for outdoor applications. The Aquablock layer does not swell or dissolve in extreme weather conditions. AquaBlock will be integrated into forthcoming Ilford media. The company also released four new OmniJet media for solvents and eco-solvents: OmniJet NanoSolvent Glossy Banner Vinyl and NanoSolvent Glossy Backlit Vinyl, plus OmniJet Satin Blueback and OmniJet Semi-Gloss Poster Paper.