The Benefits of Web to Print Solutions

Web to Print is the new standard for printshops to produce print materials for customers via the internet. It’s also known as Web2Print, W2P, e-commerce Print Solution or Remote Publishing – which are all basically the same thing.

woman with laptopWeb to Print is a technology solution that enables customers to create their own customized print materials online using templates, directly on the printshop’s website. This service is mostly geared towards businesses, for creating their marketing materials such as brochures, business cards, catalogs and stationary while maintaining their brand creatives, but it can also be used by individuals wanting to print event invitations, albums or calendars.

Benefits of Web to Print Software

Web-to-print software is user-friendly and doesn’t require users to have any graphic design experience. The system is very friendly and easy to use, and all the client needs to do is to simply log-in, choose a desired project and get creative – choosing their preferred designs, colors, lettering and paper measurements from a set of menus, just as with any other modern interface.

The software allows customers to customize any design element of the print projects they want to order, and they are able to make easy changes with a few basic menu selections. Customers can make as many edits and changes as they see fit, and they only need to pay for their submitted print orders. According to the print-shop delivering options, customers can track and receive updates about the status of their order and whether it has reached its destination.

Nowadays, many customers are looking for that special feature that allows them to personalize their desired print job. With a web to print solutions, customers can create their own customized project – from personalized business cards, family photo albums, or wedding invitations – to branded brochures, leaflets or calendars.

Previews of edited print projects are a major selling point of web-to-print software interfaces. Instead of traveling to a print shop’s physical location to view finished proofs, customers can log in and view clear previews of their print orders from any location with an Internet connection. A number of print shop owners are seeing rises in their client bases from adding mobile versions of web-to-print software that can be used on tablet computers or similar devices.

One of the greatest aspects of a web-to-print storefront is that it can be accessed by customers from any device (computer, tablet or mobile), whenever it’s most convenient for them – at any hour of the day, from anywhere in the world with an internet access. There is no need to waste time on back and forth conversations with clients, and the production can be run when it’s convenient for the print room, improving productivity and increasing profits.

Web-to-print has a very organized process, ensuring all submitted jobs are queued up for production in an orderly way. The hectic days of chaotic calls and emails with multiple people to place and finalize an order are gone. The system gets and prioritizes orders in an organized, automatic manner.

Since software replaces most of the customer communication, print company owners can concentrate on completing and shipping each submitted order more efficiently. Web-to-print basically allows print vendors to maximize order efficiency and workflow, while freeing their staff to focus on other aspects of the print store (like inventory, helping clients in the store, managing the books and so on).

Implementing a web-to-print software will put your print store at the top of the print providers in your area, so it’s time to boost your business. The benefits of this solution will soon justify the investment:

  • Automated system – reduces costs and manpower.
  • 24/7 – customers can complete orders anytime, anywhere.
  • Friendly interface – customers can customize and personalize their print products.
  • Easy access – from PC, mobile and tablet.
  • Customers can monitor their orders online.
  • No quantity limits – customers can order small projects.
  • Integrates perfectly with other systems.

Being an online service that can be accessed from any device, day or night, is what makes this solution so perfect for any print store. It’s time to revolutionize your business and boost your sales!

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World Premiere for the Intelligent Knife

Press release from the issuing company

IntelliKnife is the first networkable knife to be launched on the market. The intelligent knife plays a fundamental role in interconnecting the postpress sector as an integral part of the Smart Print Shop. POLAR supported the development as technology partner.

IntelliKnife
Image from intelli-knife.com

IntelliKnife is the first networkable knife to be launched on the market. It was developed by knife manufacturer Hagedorn. Hagedorn will also distribute the innovation to the markets. POLAR was involved in the development and implementation as a technology partner.

For the first time, the intelligent knife ensures full transparency in the cutting process. The precise evaluation of cutting data promises a wide range of optimizations. For example, all conceivable knife data is stored on an integrated RFID chip, such as its quality, grinding angle, and the number of grinding processes. An RFID reader built into the cutting machine in turn reads the information. The networkable cutting machine sends the collected knife data, as well as errors, setup and run times, to the secure IntelliKnife Cloud. In the Cloud, the data is collected and processed. A clear web-based user interface allows access to reporting and analysis of the machine performance and much more. With its modern interface (API), IntelliKnife easily integrates into existing in-house BDE/MIS systems.

The use of IntelliKnife offers numerous advantages for various user groups. For printing and finishing companies, the focus lies on cost benefits and the holistic transparency of operating data. Operating data is also useful to identify optimization potential that leads to cost benefits. IntelliKnife improves knife service life and cutting accuracy.

Knife grinding companies and print shops benefit with the use of an external hand-held scanner to identify knives from outside the box – without having to open it. Relevant information, such as the grinding angle, and condition, can be both read out and stored on the knife chip.

IntelliKnife is also retrofittable to older machine generations. An IntelliKnife box and the corresponding new knife can lift older POLAR cutting machines from generation E/ED into the new technological age.

Much more information about the functionality of IntelliKnife and its registration process are available at https://www.intelli-knife.com/. For the start, IntelliKnife is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Many more countries will follow shortly.

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GMG OpenColor 2.4 Extends Color Profiling to Digital Printing

Press release from the issuing company

Digital printing is becoming increasingly important, especially in the packaging industry. The reasons for this are shorter product cycles as well as the ongoing trend of personalized print products. In general, the desire for more flexibility in print production is an industry-wide trend.

In order to avoid varying results in digital printing, particularly when reproducing brand- and spot colors, efficient color management and accurate profiling are essential. While in conventional printing spot colors can be mixed especially for a job, in digital printing every color is created with a fixed color set: either with CMYK or, in the Multicolor range, with up to seven colors – i.e. CMYK plus orange, green and violet.

Image from gmgcolor.com

“GMG OpenColor creates both proof and separation profiles for digital printing” explains Peter Schoeffler, Product Manager at GMG and adds: “Our solution ensures maximum flexibility and enables a seamless exchange between conventional printing machines and digital presses. A key here is the precise spot color reproduction for digital printing – for example Pantone colors. Our profiling technology was clearly superior in various studies and comparative tests, most recently at Ryerson University and Fogra.”

In addition to digital press profiling, GMG OpenColor also offers other interesting innovations: The X-Rite measuring device i1Pro 3 and the third generation scanning table i1iO are now supported in small aperture sizes so that test charts and patches can be measured with these new devices.

The GMG OpenColor RemoteClient is also new, enabling flexible access via web browser. An administrator can now check from any computer on the network, whether a spot color print job can be reproduced accurately on the digital press. It is easily determined how many colors are required to reproduce the job and print costs can be calculated on the spot. All prepress operators have to do is copy the color values from the separation table into the DTP application such as ArtPro or Adobe Creative Suite. This option provides prepress with the best possible reproduction of spot colors – without incremental adjustments and numerous proof cycles.

With new industry standard characterizations, additional test charts and the spot color databases HKS K and HKS N, the new version of GMG OpenColor presents an impressive overall package that will not only delight digital printers.

For further information on GMG OpenColor visit www.gmgcolor.com/products/opencolor

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Entry-Level EFI BLAZE Textile Printer

Press release from the issuing company

The high-quality printer is an easy-to-use, smart solution to help textile companies blaze their successful trail into the world of efficient, sustainable industrial inkjet printing.

textile printingThe new, industrial, entry-level EFI Reggiani BLAZE scanning printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is making its debut at the ITMA Asia tradeshow, 12-16 June in Shanghai, China. The high-quality printer is an easy-to-use, smart solution to help textile companies blaze their successful trail into the world of efficient, sustainable industrial inkjet printing. It is equipped with EFI Reggiani’s state-of-the-art technology, offering the highest quality, reliability and flexibility on the widest variety of designs.

“Despite the impact of the pandemic, EFI Reggiani has continued to invest and develop the next trailblazing technology for the textile market,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “Our customers are our number one priority no matter how small or big they are. With the EFI Reggiani BLAZE, we are able to offer an ideal solution for companies that want to enter the industrial textile digital printing space. We are excited to be able to offer such a solution and look forward to embarking on this journey with our customers.”

EFI Reggiani is presenting the new Reggiani BLAZE printer in Hall 5, Booth D08 at ITMA Asia. The company’s exhibit in Shanghai is one of the most important showcases of new digital textile printing technology at the show, emphasizing leading-edge innovations that make customers successful in the global textile industry.

Cutting-edge technology in a compact footprint

The EFI Reggiani BLAZE printer is designed to give textile companies the opportunity to enter the digital textile printing market with a compact solution. The new, 1.8-meter wide printer offers an innovative, low-maintenance, continuous recirculation ink system equipped with a level sensor and degassing as well as a printhead crash protective system for longer printhead life and superior uptime.

Thanks to its cutting-edge printhead reliability and low maintenance costs for a competitive TCO (total cost of ownership), the BLAZE printer can produce up to 125 linear meters per hour with a printing resolution up to 600×1200 dots per inch (dpi). The printer – which delivers excellent productivity as one of the fastest digital inkjet solutions in its class – has eight 300-dpi dual channel printheads and can print in up to eight colors with full variable drop size.

Flexible fabric feed and handling for higher productivity

The EFI Reggiani BLAZE is equipped with a continuous and switchable belt washing unit to remove water and fabric hairs. An embedded device for adhesive application offers the possibility to use thermoplastic, resin and permanent adhesives.

The printer also includes other features for enhanced productivity and value, including a 400-mm roll unwinder, expandable shafts, an air gun and a pneumatic bar for standard fabrics.

Efficient software and electronics technology

The Reggiani BLAZE printer offers a friendly and intuitive user interface with real-time image processing and flexible queue management. The software also runs a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) job editor, as well as tools to accurately predict printing speed and ink usage.

The entry-level BLAZE launch is the first in an important series of 2021 product introductions coming from EFI Reggiani, including another advanced digital inkjet printer – a higher-volume EFI Reggiani HYPER model making its debut in July.

EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver enhancement

EFI has also released an enhanced version of the EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver printer, a 1.8-meter wide printer operating with EFI Reggiani’s unique TERRA pigment ink with binder solution for high-quality, highly sustainable, direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.

The new-version TERRA Silver printer is part of EFI’s complete TERRA line-up of pigment ink printer solutions for a greener, smarter, short process in industrial textile printing and features:

  • A new recirculating ink system for superior reliability and minimum maintenance at start up and during production
  • Several printing modes to ensure maximum flexibility in terms of design capability
  • New, real-time image processing that eliminates time spent in image pre-calculations
  • A user friendly, intuitive interface
  • A more-efficient polymerization process that takes place as printed textile goes through the printer’s on-board dryer.

The EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver solution prints with smooth and precise material handling of knitted and woven fabrics. Users benefit from high-uniformity printing modes, an accurate WYSIWYG interface and flexible queue management.

EFI Reggiani also is a leading developer of inks, and one of the only industry suppliers with a complete range that includes all primary textile ink types. At ITMA Asia, the company is announcing a new service provided to Chinese customers, offering EFI Reggiani AQUA water-based reactive inks that EFI Reggiani is now manufacturing in China. Designed to deliver outstanding quality on cotton, silk, viscose rayon, linen and lyocell, AQUA inks are ideal for producing home textile and fashion products with deep, intensive colors.

Now in its 75th year, EFI Reggiani delivers innovations that are the result of extensive research targeted at improving productivity and quality, optimizing the textile manufacturing process, and reducing energy and water consumption. Green EFI Reggiani processes also give users fast, complete and sustainable solutions across a broad range of textile applications. For more information about the EFI Reggiani portfolio of solutions for the textile and apparel industries, visit www.efi.com/reggiani.

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What’s the Future for Floor Graphics?

Press release from the issuing company
Authored by Brad Haupt, USA Midwest and Southwest Territory Manager at Drytac.

While floor graphics have been a staple part of the industry for some time now, the pandemic of the past year or so – and the need for social distancing signage – has seen the popularity of these applications skyrocket.

floor graphicsSimply put, floor graphics have played a significant role in the battle against Covid-19, helping us keep a safe distance from each other when out and about, as well as directing people around one-way systems in a whole host of environments including shops, schools and vaccination centers.

With floor graphics having showcased their undeniable value during times of Covid, it is now time to look to the future to see what sort of a role these applications might have as we begin to move out of the pandemic and towards a more “normal” world.

Sitting up and taking notice

If there is one thing that is unquestionable about floor graphics, it is that consumers do take notice of these applications – something that was very clear to see when it came to social distancing markers and one-way systems. After all, customers are always looking down at their phone, so why not give them something else to look at and showcase your products at the same time?

Consumers’ new-found familiarization with floor graphics also opens a host of opportunities for new forms of interaction. For example, retailers can print specific offers on the graphic and direct the customer to where this can be found in the store. A play on the one-way systems that we have become used to in Covid time, if you will. A study by the Center for Advanced Retail and Technology reported sales increased by 17% for products featured on floor graphics in their product aisles.

Get creative and push the boundaries

While Covid may have slowed and limited creativity in some sectors, this was certainly not the case for floor graphics, as retailers and brands took the opportunity to explore the many different ways they could use this media to promote their products while keeping people safe.

Some excellent conceptual examples could include a proposed floor graphic encouraging shoppers to remain at least six tubes of Pringles apart from each other, while a DIY brand might feature a giant tape measure on its social distancing graphics.

Flexibility and adaptability are key with floor graphics

What makes floor graphics so unique is that they can be used in almost any environment that you can think of and for all sorts of reasons.

Be it promoting new products in shops and supermarkets; serving as way-finding directions in hospitals and event venues; or even educating pupils and students in schools, colleges and universities. Floor graphics come in such an array of forms they are sure to have a major role to play in the post-pandemic period and beyond.

This flexibility is also true in terms of the surfaces that floor graphics can be applied to, both indoor and outdoor. Films and vinyls, including those available from Drytac, are suitable for use on floor tiles, wood laminate flooring and short pile carpet indoors, as well as concrete, asphalt, tarmac and concrete tiles outside.

When it comes to floor graphics, there is no single product that will work on all jobs; it is down to you to establish which is the most effective and suitable solution for each individual project.

Once equipped with the right material, you can then get creative and continue to stretch the boundaries of what has become an incredibly innovative and imaginative sector that will only continue to grow.

To find out more about Drytac and its floor graphics products, please click here.

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The Critical Role of Web to Print Templates

As e-commerce services are growing and improving in recent years, gaining popularity around the world, traditional print shops keep up with the trend by using web to print services. The days when customers email files to the printer are all but gone. With the evolving of web-to-print technology, customers can use the printshop’s website in order to easily create and customize their brochures, business cards, newsletters or wedding invitations.

Web to print technology connects the user’s web browser with the print house’s server, including all the specifications for immediate printing on digital or offset printers. In order for this ‘magic’ to happen, the print shop website offers various templates which customers can edit and customize to their needs.

web to print templates
The use of various templates is a common practice for most websites. Templates are easy to set up, have lots of built-in functionality and offer plenty of customization options. Web to print templates are no different, and they play an important role in the success of the entire operation.

Web to print templates are the centerpiece of any printshop website. The templates must be diverse, useful, attractive and customizable in order for the website to thrive. There are dozens of templates out there, to be used for any type of print product – from business cards, postcards, door hangers and wedding invitations, to brochures, folders, leaflets and even retractable banners.

Benefits for Customers

As the web to print process is automatic, less printing personnel is needed which drives down the costs and ensures competitive prices for customers. Additionally, web to print requires less communication with the printshop, enabling customers to order customized and personalized print products from their smartphone 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Web to print templates enable customers to keep brand consistency and make sure all their printed materials have similar design. When customers need to reorder, they can simply view their previous orders, make changes if needed and make the order in a few clicks.

Benefits for Printshops

Web to print reduces administrative and operating costs and minimizes the need for in-house graphic designers. It improves revenues and profitability, allowing the print shop to accept orders 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Since customers often do their research online, web to print services allow the print shop to use digital marketing techniques to appear on search engines and ensure customers find them ahead of competitors.

Good templates are a must-have for any web to print website. They minimize ongoing graphic design and image licensing costs. In order for your web to print website to succeed, make sure the templates you use have great designs, are customizable, properly formatted and compatible with your graphic editing software.

Proper templates must have the ability to easily edit all text fields, change fonts and upload branded graphics. You should display templates for various regions, seasons and holidays, and make sure that customers can save their custom templates for later use.

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Huge Success for the Virtual Drupa Conference

virtual.drupa, the first purely digital version of the leading global trade fair for printing technologies, successfully bridged the gap between the previous 2016 and upcoming face-to-face event in 2024. The new format for the print and packaging sector received excellent international feedback.

Drupa Virtual
A total of 212 exhibitors from 35 countries as well as team participations from worldwide subsidiaries presented their product portfolios and innovations within the online showrooms and more than 119 live web sessions with an average of 140 participants. These provided vital stimuli for tapping into new potential, alongside the comprehensive conference program with an additional 113 presentations in the context of five special forums, focusing on key issues as well as global megatrends and their impact on the industry. This is also confirmed by other indicators such as a total of around 600,000 page views and 45,000 unique users. The proportion of international visitors from a total of 155 countries was 82%. This underlines the fact that virtual.drupa has opened up access to customer potential on all continents and is being accepted as a digital platform for international knowledge transfer and networking.

“virtual.drupa was implemented in order to maintain contact within the industry during the pandemic. The figures show that we have achieved this. virtual.drupa enabled exhibitors and prospective customers to strengthen their networks, generate new leads and gather important impetus for their corporate targets, “ stated Erhard Wienkamp, COO of Messe Düsseldorf.

“We are delighted about the positive feedback we have received from participants,” added Sabine Geldermann, Project Director Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf. “The overwhelming number of global players – both in terms of exhibitors and visitors – has resulted in an industry dialogue that was particularly important during this time. The wide spectrum of target visitor groups, profiles and areas of interest was impressive. This also applies to the exhibitors and their product portfolios along the entire value chain.” She also noted excitement in anticipation of drupa 2024: “Many participants are already signaling that they are looking forward to this industry highlight and the live experiences.”

Innovations and Knowledge Transfer

The four-day program of presentations in the Conference Area and Exhibition Space offered extensive insights into the issues and challenges currently faced by the industry. They focused on four key topics: Artificial Intelligence, Connected Consumer, Platform Economy and Circular Economy. The Conference Area was opened with four keynote speeches from high-caliber speakers: digitization expert Michael Gale, top designer James Sommerville and sustainability strategist Gabrielle Walker. More in-depth detail, as well as case studies and innovative ideas for the different industry sectors were provided by the five drupa special forums: touchpoint packaging, drupa cube, touchpoint textile, 3D fab + print and dna – drupa next age.

In the Exhibition Space, exhibitors also presented exciting innovations, products and services. In Live Web Sessions, they presented forward-looking technologies and solutions for business development and provided answers to current questions from the print & packaging community.

More opportunities for interaction

Visitors will still have the opportunity to benefit from virtual.drupa. The virtual meeting rooms in for matchmaking will be available for customer and follow-up meetings on Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27. The chat function will remain open until the end of October. In addition, videos, key notes and keynote presentations will continue to be available for on-demand viewing 24/7 in the Video Library starting next week. These, as well as the exhibitors’ virtual showrooms, will remain online until the end of December 2021.

Future industry events

Before the next staging of drupa in in Düsseldorf, Germany (May 28 – June 7, 2024), Messe Düsseldorf’s Print Technologies portfolio will offer numerous other events for the sector to stay in touch: the Print & Digital Convention (Düsseldorf, October 20 – 21, 2021), Indoprint (Jakarta, Indonesia, August 11 -14, 2021), Pack Print International and Corrutec Asia (Bangkok, Thailand, September 22 – 25, 2021 and Pack Print Plas (Pasay City, Philippines, October 7 – 9, 2021). The drupa website will also continue to offer insights into current industry issues and solutions and offer opportunities for exchange, such as another virtual Conference Day planned for autumn 2021.

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Xerox Takes Top Spot in Quocirca Managed Print Services Report

Xerox, a global workplace technology company, remains the leader in the worldwide managed print services (MPS) market, securing the top position in Quocirca’s worldwide market landscape report.

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“Xerox continues to impress with its leadership position as an established and innovative MPS provider, recognized for its cloud capabilities, exceptional security features and strong support for the hybrid workplace environment,” said Quocirca Director Louella Fernandes. “Xerox’s comprehensive service portfolio supported by a mature global service delivery platform helps position Xerox as a leader in the market.”
While the global pandemic presented new challenges for MPS providers, Xerox remained the leader in this space due to its broad service offerings across the office and production print environments, and it’s deep expertise in business process automation, according to Quocirca.
“Our clients vocalized a clear need to accelerate their digital transformation and cybersecurity roadmap,” said Mike Feldman, president of Americas Operations and Global Document Services for Xerox. “We are proud of this ranking as it recognizes Xerox’s portfolio of solutions that serves organizations small and large, across all major industries, and helps them achieve these goals.”
As more companies envision a blend of remote and office work, Xerox® Intelligent Workplace Services (IWS) helps enable a hybrid workforce with technology and services that allow Xerox customers to provide their employees increased productivity, efficiency, and security, no matter where they are working.
“IWS includes a core set of MPS capabilities – assessment and optimization, fleet management and print management; plus, a set of digital transformation capabilities – capture and digitization, workflow automation, and content management,” according to the Quocirca report.
Xerox also offers customers protection against various forms of cyber-attacks or other related risks through a combination of capabilities, services and partnerships.
Xerox ConnectKey® technology features a comprehensive set of advanced security features in partnership with McAfee and Cisco – which is a strong differentiator. Secure device and document management monitors devices, usage and content for compliance to policies, regulatory requirements and data privacy acts,” the Quocirca report states.
Additionally, Xerox continues advancing its cloud strategy, ensuring its cloud initiatives are consistent with customer requirements. According to the report, “Xerox is a leader in enabling mobile workers’ needs with a portfolio of cloud capabilities from seamless printing independent of location, and other aspects of mobile user workflow such as capture and MFP apps.”
Mike Feldman will be featured in an upcoming episode of Quocirca’s ‘In the Spotlight’ podcast series, highlighting industry thought leaders later this month.

About Xerox

Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) makes every day work better. We are a workplace technology company building and integrating software and hardware for enterprises large and small. As customers seek to manage information across digital and physical platforms, Xerox delivers a seamless, secure and sustainable experience. Whether inventing the copier, the Ethernet, the laser printer or more, Xerox has long defined the modern work experience. Learn how that innovation continues at xerox.com.
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How HP Latex Ink Works

Press release from the issuing company

HP Latex Printing Technologies provides the quality of water-based inks and the outdoor durability of Eco Solvent based inks.

Authored by Bruce Wayne Van Greunen, Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at HP.
outdoor signage
Have you ever wondered how HP Latex ink works? Read on for more information…

History
Until 2008, the 3 primary digital print technologies used were Aqueous or Water-based inks, Solvent and UV Based inks

  • Aqueous or Water based ink -was used primarily for indoor use, the quality was great, with excellent colour gamut, but the durability and water fastness meant it was not really suited to outdoor applications.
  • Solvent based inks -They were used primarily for outdoor signage, the water resistance and UV stability made it perfect for Outdoor applications, but the print quality was not great for up close viewing. Eco Solvent inks a subset of Solvent inks along with Mild Solvent, were developed as an economy version of solvent inks by removing some of the more costly chemicals.
  • UV cured Inks the king of rigid media, what they lacked in flexibility they made up for in adhesion, UV could print onto almost any surface but the colour gamut and print quality was similar to that of the solvent ink of the time. A flexible version of UV ink was later developed, but it lost some of its adhesive power, and to use it the inks had to be physically swapped at the expense of time and with significant waste in ink.

Then in 2008 HP launched the world’s first water based outdoor durable ink, HP latex ink technology.
The objective was to have the world’s first and most environmentally conscious print technology in the market. HP latex Inks also boasted having the best of both worlds, the quality of water-based inks and the outdoor durability of Eco Solvent based inks. This offered unparalleled versatility for the first time, one printer could offer both indoor quality as well as outdoor durability using the same ink set, as well as being safe for the environment and the operator.
By 2013 HP had released the 3rd generation of the HP Latex ink.
HP are continually improving the HP Latex ink technology and the printer performance. By Introducing the Optimizer, a clear ink that helped eliminate the requirement for dryers in the print zone, while maintaining the perfect dot gain. HP also added an anti-scratch component into the ink for improved durability of the print and improving efficiency of the curing technology allowed for an increased productivity.
In 2018 HP debuted the HP Latex R Printer Series, with hybrid capabilities, a Roll to Roll and Flatbed Printer. This introduced the 4th generation of the HP Latex ink, and the first HP Latex to have white ink.
The 4th Gen inks further reduced curing temperatures, allowing for even more media variety, and separation of the anti-scratch component from the ink to a separate ink called the Overcoat. Having the Overcoat separate means there is a choice on when to use it, like when the print is going to be laminated in the case of high abrasion applications such as vehicle wrapping, there is no need to use the Overcoat.
And of course, the whitest of white inks in the industry.
On February 2nd, 2021 HP introduced the HP Latex 700 and 800 series of printers also available with HP Latex white ink.

The mechanics

In both the 3rd and 4th generation HP Latex inks, the Optimizer is the first drop fired from its HP Thermal Inkjet printhead.
The positively charged particles in the optimizer are only placed where the image is going to be printed.
This is followed by a droplet of ink that is fired from its HP thermal Inkjet printhead.
That drop of HP Latex ink consists of:

  • Water (65%)
  • Pigments (colourants)
  • Latex polymers (synthetic, totally hypoallergenic)
  • Tiny amounts of other chemicals

The negatively charged pigment is attracted to the positively charged Optimizer, giving perfect control of the dot gain, and ensuring that most of the pigment is at the bottom of the solution on the media.
Finally, the Overcoat (if needed) is printed on top.
The media moves through the print zone towards the curing system where evaporation starts to remove the water.
In the curing zone of the printer the remainder of the water is evaporated, and the Latex polymers and the anti-scratch components are melted to encapsulate the pigments onto the surface of the media.
Finally, a thin, transparent, flexible, and waterproof latex film is formed, the anti-scratch agent protects the pigments from being scratched, the print is ready to be handled, and is ready to be finished!
The benefits of HP Latex

Productivity:

  • The prints are completely dry out of the printer.
  • The media is fully conformable, without the risk of cracking or fading when stretched.
  • Does not change the characteristics of the media, so unlike UV and Solvent based inks they do not change the characteristics of the media you print onto, so if the media is Fire Rated or recyclable it retains the ratings even if they are printed with Latex.
  • Versatility, the ability to print onto an even wider range of medias from paper to PVC, SAV to PETG, or even textiles.

Ease of use:

With great design and many time saving features, and the ability to observe and manage your production with HP PrintOS (www.printos.com)

Good for the environment and for the operator:

  • HP Latex Printing Technologies provide many opportunities to reduce and recycle. The ink cartridges, printheads and in some cases the maintenance cartridges are recyclable free of charge though the HP Planet Partner program (https://www8.hp.com/uk/en/hp-information/recycling/ink-toner.html).
  • The 4th Generation HP Latex ink cartridges are made from cardboard and a readily recycled with your current cardboard and paper. The printheads can be recycled through the HP Planet Partners program.

For further information, please visit www.drytac.com.

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Canon U.S.A. Launches the High-Quality imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series

New expanded line of large format printers include imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series and the next generation of imagePROGRAF TX printers.

Press release by the issuing company.
Further showcasing its commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries of print, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the latest additions to its imagePROGRAF line of large format printers with new hybrid solutions, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 multifunction printer (MFP) Z36. Offering high-speed printing, security features and advanced media handling, these new solutions are designed to benefit a variety of Production CAD markets including architecture, engineering, government, manufacturing – just to name a few – at a low acquisition cost. In addition to the new imagePROGRAF TZ Series, the company is also announcing the upgraded line of imagePROGRAF TX Series printers.

Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000

Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series. Image by: canon-europe.com


Built with productivity in mind, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 series delivers high-speed printing, as seen through its ability to produce a D-sized print in as fast as 14 seconds, and up to 236 D-sized prints per hour. The integrated Top Output Stacker can stack up to 100 A0-size sheets face-down, providing an added measure of confidentiality. The product’s advanced air flow system can also help reduce paper jams while keeping prints neatly in place, and its integrated, compact design can help save office space, allowing printed materials to be easily retrieved from the front of the printer.
As seen through Canon’s innovative intelligent media handling in its dual roll paper system, this product is designed with productivity and usability in mind. After the user loads the paper, the advanced sensor technology can detect the width, length and media type while also feeding the media, allowing the user to also perform other necessary tasks while the printer completes the feeding process. The product’s Roll Paper Indicator displays four different media levels with LED lights to notify users if paper is running low. As an added convenience, users can load a second roll while the first roll is still printing through its Hot Swap feature – a Canon first.
The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 is also available as a powerful Scan-to-Copy/File system that allows the user to scan and print at the same time. Providing further efficiency and productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP version also includes the new Z36 scanner, developed by Global Scanning for Canon, as well as an updated system controller with a new intuitive interface.
Capitalizing on the breadth of its product offering, Canon has also made available a wide variety of workflow and creative software programs. Designed for high-volume uses, users can take advantage of the compatibility of the imagePROGRAF TZ and imagePROGRAF TX printers with Canon’s Production Printing (CPP) Driver Select and CPP Publisher Select software, a desktop job submission software solution that boosts workflow and productivity to help users manage and submit complex sets of documents, to one or two printers at a time. Additionally, Canon introduces Direct Print Plus (DPP) job submission software which, through a combination of DPP’s processing speeds, as well as an updated user interface layout and settings menu, can help improve the rendering process for users.
“Our extensive market research pointed to an increasing demand for high speed, yet versatile, large format printers for users who are looking to expand business opportunities within the low-end LED / high end inkjet market, and the Canon imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 Series has been created specifically to meet that industry need,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As an industry-leading innovator, Canon is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of print by developing new cutting-edge solutions designed to help our customers stay productive and efficient.”
The next generation of imagePROGRAF TX Series2 devices incorporates many of the advanced technology created for the imagePROGRAF TZ Series, including increased print speeds, intelligent media handling and enhanced security features. The MFP models are also equipped with the newly developed Z36 scanner, which is designed to help save space and reduce weight while delivering advanced image quality at fast speeds. The imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 MFP Z36 also has a more integrated feel and an improved All-in-One (AIO) computer.

Availability:

Delivering on its commitment to productivity, the imagePROGRAF TZ-30000 and TZ-30000 MFP Z36 ship standard as a two roll system. Orders can be processed through Canon’s authorized dealers starting on Thursday April 15, 2021. Products are expected to be available for shipment in mid-May 2021.
The TX Series of large format printers will be available to order in April, shipping information will be announced shortly. The TX Series can be ordered with either a stacking basket or regular catch basket.
For more information, please visit www.usa.canon.com.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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