Esko has launched its new Kongsberg XN Series of finishing tables. Capable of handling a broad variety of materials, and geared toward the mid-range market, the XN tables feature a modular tabletop industrial design and are available in seven sizes, from 50 x 66-in. to 87 x 258-in. The tables offer a choice of four tool heads: PowerHead (for heavy-duty material), FlexiHead (for flexible and thin materials), FoamHead (for foam materials), and a MultiCut milling spindle or MultiCut-HP (the latter offers three times the speed of the standard MultiCut).
Mimaki Engineering has unveiled a “technology demonstration” of its new JFX500-2131, a high-speed UV-LED flatbed that’s equipped with newly developed printheads and UV-LED curing unit. Still in development, the 83 x 122-in. flatbed offers output up to 646 sq ft/hr in 4-color mode, and up to 538 sq ft/hr with white ink. It can accommodate materials up to 4-in. thick. Inksets available include CMYKcm + white, or CMYK + white + clear.
SGIA is now accepting entries for its Golden Image Awards Competition to be held at the 2012 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18–20. The competition annually recognizes innovative work in the digital and screen printing marketplace.
“This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s vice president of technical services.
As always, the post-Drupa numbers are simply intimidating. The massive two-week exposition, which took place in May in Dusseldorf, Germany, boasted 19 separate halls and other buildings totaling 1.8 million square feet of space, drew in nearly 315,000 attendees from 130 countries, and featured more than 1800 exhibitors. Saying the show is like a small city unto itself is not much of an exaggeration.
Epson has launched two new wide-format SureColor printers for the display, signage, and P-O-P/P-O-S markets: the 4/5-color SureColor S50670 and the 8/10-color (+ white and metallic) SureColor S70670. These are in addition to the 64-in. SureColor S30670, which launched earlier this year.
Update: The Printing Industries of America (PIA) reports that Toshiba has agreed to cancel its previously announced National No Print Day. For more information click here.
The Printing Industries of America is encouraging the US printing industry to reject a call by Toshiba America Business Solutions for a National No-Print Day.
PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, has issued a call for entries to industry leaders who have created or produced successful marketing campaigns or programs utilizing digital printing in cross-media, relevant one-to-one direct marketing, collateral management, or online marketing portals, custom publishing, packaging, or personalized transactional/transpromo solutions. All submitters will receive "Marketing Your Services with Case Studies," a new practical guide and self-promotion kit.
Advanced Grieg Laminators (AGL) showcased Cover-Rite PP1G Dry-Erase overlaminate. A pressure-sensitive, non-treated 1-mil polypropylene thermal film for write-on, write-off capability, PP1G can be used for a variety of applications such as promotional signage, whiteboards, discount displays, and more. The clear, gloss film features a permanent acrylic adhesive. Available in 25-, 38-, 43-, and 51-in. rolls.
Hendrick has introduced three new cutting tools. The GoSaw8 and GoSaw10 are fully portable vertical cutting platforms complete with a Bosch circular saw (optional and also compatible with a wide range of other handheld circular saws, including cordless). The GoSaw8 handles sheets up to 4 x 8 ft (5 x 10 ft on the GoSaw10), allowing vertical and horizontal cutting. Bevel cutting at angles of up to 45° is supported, and accessories include a midway fence and quick stop.
Gerber has added three new colors to its GerberColor line of thermal transfer foils designed specifically for use with the Gerber Edge, Edge 2, and Edge FX: Fireball Red, Electric Green, and Arctic White. The films can be printed as spot, metallic, and process color, and can withstand harsh exterior and industrial environments, including abrasion and UV exposure, reports Gerber. In 147-ft-long rolls.