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Milanese print on-demand specialist

updates production facilities.

Rotomail Italia Invests in an HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press to Increase Production, Reliability and FlexibilityRotomail Italia Invests in an HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press to Increase Production, Reliability and FlexibilityRotomail Italia Spa, of Vignate (Milan), Italy, has installed an HP T410 CWP. The investment was made as part of its commitment to providing cutting-edge print-on-demand services, powered by the latest market leading technology.

Rotomail chose HP as its preferred digital press partner in 2010 when the company installed an HP T300 Color Inkjet Web Press. The two digital inkjet web presses and the company's HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press now give Rotomail significant digital firepower for trans-promotional, direct mail and book production.

"We chose the HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press because our HP T300 has enabled us to achieve outstanding results on all fronts," explained Alessandro Antonuzzo, marketing manager, Rotomail Italia. "This new press is based on the same technology, but runs at a higher speed and offers a superior print quality. For print quality and productivity I maintain that the T410 Color Inkjet Web Press is the best press currently on the market."

HP said that Rotomail was one of the first companies in the world to use full-colour inkjet print technology and is today considered one of the main European producers of digital colour print direct from electronic data.

"We have been particularly impressed with the flexibility of the HP T-series presses," continued Antonuzzo. "They can be used for applications ranging from transactional print to the highest quality book production. We will use the new T410 Color Inkjet Web Press to print colour transactional communications for clients ranging from financial institutions to utilities companies.

"With this press, a finishing line that we have patented, and a software modification that HP swiftly implemented to meet our requirements, we can print books of different formats from the same web of paper. We will be able to increase our presence in the publishing print-on-demand sector, printing covers on the HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press which enjoys the same functionality. This is a remarkable level of flexibility," Antonuzzo concluded.

The HP T410 Color Inkjet Web Press can print 100 per cent variable data content at speeds up to 5,000 colour pages a minute and almost 7,000 mono pages a minute, with a scalable web width up to 1066.8mm. The press can print up to 140 million A4 format colour images a month at up to 183m/min (175 million in mono at 244m/min). HP T-series presses are equipped with new advanced technology inkjet print heads and with nanotechnology pigment inks capable of helping to achieve high speeds without compromising quality.

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Increase productivity and turnaround times

achieved by inline priming.

Cees Schouten, technical director at Geostick, with one of the three HP Indigo WS6600 Digital PressesCees Schouten, technical director at Geostick, with one of the three HP Indigo WS6600 Digital PressesGeostick B.V., of the Netherlands, has installed three HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Presses for the purpose of extending uptime and to increase productivity due to the current demands of the label market.

All of the new presses include the In-Line Priming (ILP) option, which uses a water-based primer to treat standard paper and also synthetic substrates. This feature was a particular selling point for Geostick commented HP, as it helps reduce turnaround times by eliminating the extra step of off-line substrate preparation.

“We had three HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Presses, which we were very pleased with, but we were ready to upgrade and the obvious choice was the HP Indigo WS6600,” said Cees Schouten, technical director, Geostick. “Previously, we were priming everything off-line, but knew that inline priming would be much more efficient and enable us to lower costs, so we chose to have this feature on the presses. We can do more in the same amount of time, which means we can offer our customers shorter turnaround times.”

HP added that Geostick was impressed with the short setup time of the HP Indigo WS6600, and also its ability to print on substrates from 12 - 450 microns including paper and plastic. Schouten described the press as a versatile, highly productive offset press, ideal for printing labels for its major customers in the chemical and food industries, and labels for logistics applications that may include barcodes and QR codes that are read electronically. Also according to Geostick, the automatic calibration on the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press has improved compared to earlier models, giving the press more stability on repeat lengths.

“One huge benefit of the HP Indigo WS6600 is that the cost of printing has been reduced, so we are spending less per square metre,” commented Schouten. “We can pass that price reduction on to our customers to maintain our competitive edge. The press requires little or no operator intervention, so money is also saved there.”

Geostick wants to retain flexibility for its customers, so the ability for it to deliver high-quality results, quickly, and in varying run-lengths, number of colours and range of substrates is very important. Recently, the company was able to take on a large project, 20,000 labels to be produced in 24 hours for a customer. With the new HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press, it was able to take on the work and meet the challenge.

“More uptime on the printer means we can take on more work, but still offer quick turnaround times,” concluded Schouten. “We are expecting our sales to increase by more than 10 per cent following the installation of all three presses, and we are looking forward to welcoming new customers.”

Geostick has been an HP Indigo press user since 2005 when it purchased an HP Indigo press ws4050.

The HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press has a printing speed of up to 30 metres per minute in full colour and also has the new Enhanced Productivity Mode, enabling Geostick to print up to 40m/min in colour.

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A tale of ‘like for like’ third party inks.

Paul Kearney back on track with Eco-Sol Max inks in his Roland VersaCAMMPaul Kearney back on track with Eco-Sol Max inks in his Roland VersaCAMMUK based WOWgrafix has seen a dramatic improvement in the performance of its wide format machine since going back to using Roland Eco-Sol Max inks in its VersaCAMM VP-540i. The company, which specialises in van sign writing, signboards, vinyl banners locally and nationally via its website WOWgrafix.net, was approached a couple of years’ ago by a salesman offering a ‘like for like’ third party ink solution for the Roland machine at a very competitive price.

Says Paul Kearney, proprietor of WOWgrafix: “While we had never experienced any problems with Roland inks we were using, the price of the ‘like for like’ solution seemed too good to turn down. At the time, we had been looking across the business at where we could create savings, so the cost of consumables was an obvious area for these savings to be made.”

A sign of things to come

At first, Mr Kearney says, the inks seemed to work well, although, they did notice that one of the side effects were that the inks emitted a very strong odour. And, while the inks were branded as bio inks, which made them sound safer and gentler, they were, in reality, strong solvent-based and very corrosive on the machine’s parts.

Soon afterwards, WOWgrafix got its first signs of the problems to come: the heads started needing cleaning more often, followed by blocked nozzles and deflections. Then the cleaning cycles on the machine became so frequent it started impacting on production schedules. After this, the banding on the prints started.

“At this point,” continues Mr Kearney, “we weren’t aware it was the inks causing all the problems, so we called in a local engineer and we replaced cap tops and dampers (more than once), as well as the wipers. All this failed to solve the problem so the conclusion was that it had to be the inks.  When we spoke to our ink supplier, it turned out some of the inks had already been removed from the market, which immediately set off alarm bells.

“However, they assured us they could solve the problem and supplied us with new inks and sent out another engineer to change the dampers once again but the damage was now done to the heads. The supplier claimed it was down to wear and tear, but I knew it couldn’t be as the volume of work the machine does didn’t tally with the extent of the problems.”

Eco-Sol Max ink Eco-Sol Max ink Mr Kearney says every step of the way was a battle, and exasperated, he posted the problem on a sign maker’s forum. And, while this made the third party ink supplier take more action to assist, the banding problem continued and the recommended solution was that WOWgrafix should always print on high quality setting, which was just not practical from either a cost or production perspective. Soaking the heads every weekend for six weeks was also proposed and tried, but just led to the use of a lot of cleaning fluid with no improvement to the heads. The supplier finally agreed to replace two heads, but this still left two damaged heads in the machine.

When good service and support really counts

“Finally, we’d had enough” says Mr Kearney. “We invited Roland back in to see us. They replaced the other two heads, cap tops, dampers, and wipers – and made the machine factory new again. They flushed the system fully and correctly calibrated the machine, and put us back on to Eco-Sol Max inks. After the constant frustrations of the last nine months we were now back on track and it took Roland DG just a single day to fix all the problems. We now have a 12 month RolandCare warranty too for extra peace of mind. But the peace of mind really comes from knowing that when I turn up each day, the machine is going to work and I can service my customers.”

Mr Kearney says the whole experience of going to a third party ink supplier was a nightmare. So much time and money was wasted on cleaning, engineers, banding problems and inks. And when customers who have always been happy are then not happy with the quality of the work and start sending it back, the business begins to really suffer.  “It’s a salient lesson that saving money at the point of purchase might actually cost you down the line. You get what you pay for, that’s for sure.  The wide format machine is the sign makers’ life line to success, and it’s just not worth the risk of damaging this essential business equipment and customer relationships to ‘save’ a few pence per litre.

“Since we’ve moved back to Roland inks, business, and the machine, has been great. No banding, no break downs, happy customers and a productive business. I’m glad to be back with Roland,” Mr Kearney concludes.

For more information on Roland DG’s Eco-Sol Max inks, visit www.rolanddg.co.uk/EcoSolMax

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Company becomes first Italian printer to use

press to print newspapers on standard newsprint.  

Dario De Cian, Managing Director, CSQDario De Cian, Managing Director, CSQCentro Stampa Quotidiani Spa (CSQ), of Erbusco in Lombardy, Northern Italy, has purchased an HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press to enable it to take advantage of a growing demand from newspaper publishers for full-colour digital production and localised inserts.

The company primarily prints newspapers and inserts for a local client base. During the summer months it also prints for a number of foreign newspapers when the tourist season is at its peak. Outside this season, conventional print runs of these newspapers for the tourist areas of the Mediterranean are no longer economically viable.

"We have always adopted cutting-edge technology right from the start of our business," explained Dario De Cian, MD of CSQ. "Now we are adopting the latest digital technology so we can offer our overseas clients the opportunity to publish all year round."

CSQ said that because the new digital press offers them no variation in quality, it will print the tourist titles conventionally from June to September and use the HP T230 press for the rest of the year, using the same newsprint substrate. An added benefit is that the newspapers delivered will be that day's edition and not the previous day's, which was formerly the case.

"Another reason for this investment in digital was to meet the demands of our Italian customers looking for short-run solutions for local editions," De Cian continued. "Now, thanks to the HP T230, we can print short runs digitally from 500 up to 2000 copies to localise sections of their publications and integrate them with conventionally printed sections."

This new service can be used to insert information for a specific city or area, or produce variable editions of a property newspaper based on local distribution requirements.

"We chose the HP T230 inkjet web press after nine month’s analysis of all available technologies," said De Cian. "The company chose this solution because it allows us to achieve a level of quality equivalent to traditional offset. Thanks to the HP Bonding Agent technology used in the web printing process, it is also the only solution on the market that completely eliminates the problem of show-through on the lightweight and porous papers of 45gsm typically used for newspapers.

"With the HP T230 we can use the same paper as on the web offset presses and work to the same formats. The Hunkeler inline finishing system will also enable us to profitably use the press for the three services that we plan to offer initially: printing and folding newspapers, covers and flyers. The system is integrated with our other finishing equipment which will enable us to automatically combine offset and digital products ready for despatch," De Cian concluded.

The HP T230 Color Inkjet Web Press can print at speeds of up to 122 m per minute, with a scalable web width up to 558 mm and a print width of up to 520 mm. HP maintains that the press was designed for performance; the result is that it can print up to 50 million mono and four-colour letter-sized equivalent images per month.

"At CSQ, we see how newspaper publishers and print service providers can change the business model for existing products," said Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP. "HP Color Inkjet Web Presses can help publishers make information as immediate and relevant as digital media through cost-effective short runs, localised editions and printing for local markets anywhere in the world."

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Dedicated application-focussed areas and

latest breakthrough technologies on show.

HP’s demonstration & training facility is celebrating its fifth anniversary with revamped and enlarged premisesHP’s demonstration & training facility is celebrating its fifth anniversary with revamped and enlarged premisesHP has revamped and enlarged its demonstration and training facility for its Graphics Solutions Business to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the premises. It will now accommodate a fleet of the most recently-launched HP printing solutions.

Located in Sant Cugat del Vallès, near Barcelona, the HP EMEA Graphic Arts Customer Centre is a dedicated, 4,026 m2 multi-purpose suite showcasing printers and presses from the HP Indigo, Designjet, Scitex and HP Inkjet Web Press portfolios, as well as the numerous applications achievable with these technologies.

HP uses the centre to host various training seminars, open houses and demonstration days for a broad audience, including customers and prospects, dealers, distributors, HP staff members and journalists. In 2012, the centre staged more than 1000 production demonstrations and hosted 60 customer events.

Dedicated application-focussed areas

As part of the expansion, the HP Graphic Arts Customer Centre has been re-designed to focus on creative applications particularly for print service providers (PSPs) in order to demonstrate to them how they can broaden their service capability and develop revenue streams.

These focus areas include a digital book store and a café lounge decorated with vibrant large format interior graphics achievable with HP Latex Ink Technologies. Another area reflects HP's commitment to the photo market and includes photo books, calendars and photo cards produced with HP Indigo presses, as well as large-format photo-quality prints from HP Designjet Z-Series printers.

Latest breakthrough technologies

In addition to resident flagship devices such as the HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press and the HP Designjet L28500 Printer, the centre will soon include the new HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press which HP maintains is the industry's largest-format, most productive sheet-fed digital press.

Another feature of the revamped facility will be the ability to provide visitors with a close-up look at the cutting-edge features of forthcoming solutions earmarked for commercial availability in late 2013. These include the roll-to-roll HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press for flexible packaging, as well as the sheet-fed HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press for mainstream folding carton applications.

Commenting on the new-look HP EMEA Graphic Arts Customer Center, Manel Martinez, vice president and general manager, EMEA Graphics Solutions Business, HP, said, "HP remains ahead of the field in bringing to market breakthrough printing solutions that help drive profitable growth for customers and sharpen their competitive edge.

"It is vital that we offer an environment that displays our proposition while providing maximum visibility and access to those next-generation technologies that can help customers fulfil their business objectives," he concluded.

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Investment made to take digital offering into the future.

EFI™Jetrion® 4830 UV inkjet systemEFI™Jetrion® 4830 UV inkjet systemA leading label converter in the Netherlands has increased its existing digital production capabilities with the installation of an EFI™Jetrion® 4830 UV inkjet system. Kolibri of 's-Heerenberg invested in the high-speed printer last October and the company says that it is now proving to be a valuable addition to its core strategy of supplying innovative results across a broad range of narrow-web applications.

Founded in 1964, Kolibri has always had a philosophy of continuous innovation through its services, and in the technology in which it invests in order to set itself apart from competitors.

An active FINAT member, the company is widely regarded as a pioneer in the adoption of digital UV inkjet technology in the Netherlands. EFI maintains Kolibri is now benefiting from the Jetrion 4830's UV-curable inks and versatility across different label stocks. The system is known for its lean production, the elimination of plates and complex make-ready, and a huge reduction in waste.

"We believe that our company's investment in the Jetrion 4830 is a very good choice as it fits into plans to take our digital offering into the future," said Jan Frederik Vink, CEO of Kolibri. "This label solution from EFI gives us a rapid return on investment thanks to its low cost of ownership, high quality results and the ability to accommodate shorter run jobs, saving time, minimising make-ready and improving profitability."

This is echoed by Frank Janssen, regional sales manager Jetrion, who commented: "Label converters increasingly need the best printer efficiency in order to stay competitive and, with the growth in demand for shorter runs, the Jetrion series of UV-curable digital inkjet systems is ideally positioned for versatile production."

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Latest investment is a step up to the next level in digital production.

Domino's N600i digital label printer in production at Reynders Domino's N600i digital label printer in production at Reynders Domino, headquartered in Cambridge, UK has announced that it has installed the first Domino N600i digital colour label press at Reynders Label Printing’s Belgium production facility.

Established in 1959, Reynders has since expanded to become one of the leading label specialists in Europe with six specialised printing divisions and eight production facilities spread throughout Europe and Asia.

The company has over 60 printing presses and more than 450 printing stations covering flexography, offset, letterpress, screen, dry toner, wet toner and ink jet printing technologies. This latest installation is a direct result of Reynders focus on maintaining its leading position through investment in the very latest label printing equipment as Chief Executive Officer Marc Reynders explained.

“Over the past few years, label printing has been facing new challenges with customers demanding ever tighter delivery deadlines, shorter average run lengths, more personalised data; but still the highest quality of end product,” he said. “As a result, we needed to find solutions that can not only cope with these changing demands, but that also means adjusting our service offering for our customers.  It ultimately helps us to move our business forward in line with the changing dynamics of the industry.”

Marc and his team first saw an early technology demonstration of the N600i at Ipex 2010 and liked what they saw.

“We already had a number of HP Indigos, the latest Xeikon technologies and three Agfa Dotrix digital label presses all of which were doing a good job,” continued Marc, “But to take Reynders to the next level in digital label production we needed a solution that could offer high quality digital printing at significantly increased speeds.  The N600i was just what we were looking for.”

Marc Reynders CEO of Reynders Label Printing Marc Reynders CEO of Reynders Label Printing The Domino N600i four colour digital label press offers a native 600dpi print resolution and uses one of the smallest drop sizes (6pl) to deliver high quality output onto a range of coated paper and plastic label stocks, and operates at speeds of 50-75 metres per minute. Combined with a standard 333mm (13”) wide web width it provides up to 1,500 m2 of print per hour.  In addition, by varying the droplet sizes delivered from a single print head combined with the composition of the ink, the N600i can reproduce a wide colour gamut including over 80 per cent of the pantone colour range.

With so many label press technologies installed across Reynders multiple sites, the fact that Domino had integrated the Esko front end into the N600i was an added appeal to Reynders and assisted with its integration.

“We already worked with the Esko workflow and this together with the intuitive user interface made working with the N600i so much more straightforward,” said Marc.

Installation didn’t go without its challenges, especially with the company agreeing to be a beta test site for Domino’s N600i. “It’s fair to say that with any beta site, installation can take longer than usual, but we are delighted with the outcome,” confirmed Marc.  “We always had complete confidence in Domino throughout the process.  They listened to our requirements, were extremely helpful in exploring ways to overcome any issues and conducted the installation with the utmost professionalism.”

Within a short time, the operations team had the N600i running at production speeds of 50 metres per minute, a significantly higher rate than the company’s existing digital technologies, and were using the press for new mid-volume applications of up to 3,000 metres, well above the 1,000 metres limit they typically would schedule on digital machines.

Reynders Label Printing Reynders Label Printing The increased speed of throughput brought additional challenges for the operators, as it meant they could no longer manually check for rejects and quality of output, as was the procedure for the company’s slower running solutions.  To overcome this, Reynders installed an automated vision system onto the N600i line that could cope with verification of output at such high speeds, reducing operator intervention with the added bonus of delivering extra production efficiencies.

To further develop the flexibility and capabilities of the N600i, Reynders and the Domino team are working together to develop new inks as well as review the integration of inline die-cutting technology within the N600i production line.

“Although it is still early days, we are extremely impressed with the capabilities of the N600i,” continued Marc, who is already looking to exploit the potential it can offer in terms of longer term new business opportunities.

“The N600i has certainly lived up to our expectations of high resolution, high quality output at significantly higher operational speeds. The operation has been reliable and we are able to run much longer production jobs than we would normally print with digital technology. In this respect it is more targeted at replacing what we would normally run on flexo machines. If the N600i continues to perform to our expectations and we can achieve all our business goals, we will be considering further investment in this technology in the future.” 

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Launches HP Indigo Flexible

Packaging Digital Print Services

with Customer Open House Event.

Wipf held a customer open house at its premisesWipf held a customer open house at its premisesSwiss based Wipf Group has held a customer open house event at its headquarters in Volketswil to officially launch its HP Indigo digital printing capabilities for flexible packaging.

Founded in 1914, the company has a number of divisions, one of which is the production of flexible packaging for the food, pharmaceutical, hygiene and construction industries. The family-owned business attributes much of its continued success to high-quality production methods, as well as its ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace.

One way in which Wipf maintains its competitive edge is by supplying cutting-edge products and services. Most recently it launched new digital printing services with the installation of an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press to allow it to offer customers shorter runs and quicker turnaround times. The company demonstrated the benefits of its new services at the customer open house event, held in association with HP.

“Print runs are getting shorter, as are turnaround times for delivering products to customers,” said Christian Wipf, owner and chairman of the board, Wipf. “In order to fulfil these requirements and not compromise on quality, the HP Indigo WS6600 was the clear choice. The ability to match PANTONE® Colours was a particular selling point for us and our customers have been extremely impressed with the results from the HP Indigo press so far. In fact, we are already winning new business as a result of our new HP digital capabilities.”

Wipf highlighted how clients who have started to embrace its digital services are already reaping the benefits.

“A customer recently asked us to produce pouches for a confectionery product” commented Mr. Wipf. “However, the packaging was required in a short run and within an even shorter deadline.  They needed to be supplied within two weeks, which would have been too short a timeframe and expensive for the customer using our previous technology. However, we were pleased to accept this job knowing that we could now deliver the packaging within the deadline, to our usual high standard and at an acceptable price.”

As a result of the positive success Wipf experienced after it made its first step into digital printing services, the company has now revealed plans to expand these capabilities and become the second European beta site for the recently announced 762mm (30in) HP Indigo 20000 Digital Presses (available in 2013). Wipf believes that the larger format of this recently launched HP Indigo press will allow it to offer new applications and more importantly from the company’s perspective, explore new market opportunities not previously achievable with digital technology.

“Our mission statement is ‘Innovative Packaging Solutions’, and the new 762mm (30in) digital press will help us deliver on this promise in 2013, “ added Mr Wipf. “We consider HP to be the leader in digital printing solutions, and I have no doubt that our move into digital has a positive future, aligned with a supplier that like us is always seeking innovation.”

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SKAG gets its ‘Dream Machine’.

L R Dror Danai Scodix, Beky Shemer 3 Print, Kostas Skagias President SKAG, Nir Katz 3 Print, Stavros Tzanis SKAGL R Dror Danai Scodix, Beky Shemer 3 Print, Kostas Skagias President SKAG, Nir Katz 3 Print, Stavros Tzanis SKAGScodix, a provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, has released details about its first press distribution to the Greek market. The installation was made to international stationery and marketing supplies provider SKAG.

Athens based SKAG installed the B2+ sized Scodix S74PRO along with the modular Scodix Rainbow station in September this year and is reported to have seen significant success with the range of special-effect enhancements. Scodix commented that its Scodix Rainbow™ Station is unique in providing an in-line glitter impact to enhance the Scodix SENSE™ experience.

SKAG’s principle business is the printing of commercial marketing materials such as children's school items, books, greeting cards, notebooks, folders and more. The company invested in the Scodix Rainbow because it fitted their strategy, which is to offer customers short runs, per-demand work, based on the ability to change and adjust jobs at the last minute.

Popy Skagia, SKAG Marketing Manager, said: “The Scodix Press and Braille station are the ‘dream’ products for this company. They allow us to add enhancements and special effects on a digital press that saves us time and money. There is no other technology on the market that represents unique opportunities for us to enhance and promote our existing product range, along with adding a few that were not possible before.”

The company, established in 1956, exports its products to more than 35 markets, including Europe, the Middle East, Canada and Japan, and has won numerous national business awards for its work.

The press was sold and installed by Scodix distributor 3 Print who’s CEO Beky Shemer added:  “SKAG purchased the Scodix press to produce unique and special items that stand out and bring outstanding value to its customers. For print service providers that wish to differentiate and enhance their offset and digital output, Scodix solutions make the big difference.”

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