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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Clevedon, UK – Beams International says it 'felt like a bit of a guinea pig' when one of Europe's first Roland DG VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter systems was installed at its UK HQ in 2010. But eight years on, the packaging expert is using the same VersaUV LEC to print high-quality mock-ups for Christmas 2019.

Beams International, based in Gillingham in Kent, is a specialist gifting supplier, providing branded gift packs for retailers and for alcohol and food brands. Its designs for this Christmas are in supermarkets and high-street shops now, but it works with its big-name clients months in advance to ensure eye-catching cartons are ready to hit the shelves for busy shopping periods like Christmas next year.

To meet this demand, the VersaUV LEC-540 can produce up to 170 cartons a week during the busiest periods – boosting Beams International's turnaround speeds exponentially compared to its previous process.

Andy Cooper, Senior Artworker at Beams International, explains: "Before the Roland was installed, we'd design a carton, print it onto paper on a large format inkjet printer, and stick the paper onto the card. Now we can print directly onto the final substrate, adding spot UV, embossed and metallic effects, and more. Our VersaUV LEC also has white ink so we can print onto clear stock and labels.

"All in all, our mock-ups are finished at a quality that is damn close to production quality, in around one hour. It had a big impact on production speeds immediately and the attraction for our clients was huge. Even now we're one of very few businesses to offer full-colour mock-ups. The Roland lets us offer that bit extra."

He adds: "We bought the Roland from Revolution Digital after seeing it at a trade show and felt like a bit of a guinea pig at first as we were one of the first users in Europe. But it's ideal for what we do here – it does exactly what we need."

A course at the Roland Academy in 2011 also helped Beams get to know the system better. Alongside the more compact VersaUV LEC-330, the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 UV printer/cutter offers a host of options on one device: CMYK and white printing; cutting and folding; varnish and embossed effects and more, on virtually any material. It's perfect for prototype packaging, proofing and labels, as well as custom large format and speciality graphics.

On the machine's age, Andy says 'it's a lot like a car': "As long as you look after it you can expect it to carry on going. Plus the Silver Service package from Roland DG Care is second to none, and good value compared to third party services."

Andy says he's happy with the VersaUV LEC at present but is interested in a visit to the Roland Creative Centre in Clevedon to catch up on eight years of innovation.

For more information on Beams International, please visit www.beamsinternational.com

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Topeka, Kan. – The Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) invites companies in the finishing, printing, folding carton, greeting card and binding industries to submit their best work to the 26th Annual FSEA Gold Leaf Awards Competition.

“The print finishing industry is performing spectacular work each and every day on greeting cards, presentation folders, labels, invitations, folding cartons, packaging boxes and much more,” said FSEA Executive Director Jeff Peterson. “The FSEA Gold Leaf Awards program grows every year as entries are submitted from around the world by finishers and binders that want to compete against the best in the industry.”

New technologies have fueled growth, too, with expanded award categories in areas such as digital foil and other specialty UV coatings. Entries will be judged on design, execution and level of difficulty in more than 25 categories, with a gold, silver and bronze award presented in each category.

A “Best of Show” award will be selected from among all of the Gold Award winners. All winning companies will be announced, with their winning entry displayed, at an awards reception during the 2019 Odyssey Expo, to be held May 1-3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. Competition winners also will be highlighted in promotional campaigns, PostPress magazine and other trade publications, on the FSEA website and at industry events throughout 2019.

To submit entries or for complete information on rules, regulations and entry fees, download an entry form from the FSEA website at www.fsea.com. Questions? Call the FSEA at 785.271.5816. Entry deadline is March 15, 2019.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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New council taps supplier executives from all printing industry segments to advise association

Fairfax, Va. – In an unprecedented move, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has created a Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC), an elite group of industry leaders who will advise the association on issues and concerns related to the future success of their companies, their customers and, more importantly, the printing industry.

“The SMC will reflect the ever-changing diversity of the industry and provide an important voice from the supplier community,” said Ford Bowers, President & CEO, SGIA. “It’s strategically important for keeping with SGIA’s larger, community-based approach.”

The SMC also gives supplier and manufacturer members an opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction and advice in selected areas including event participation, access to customers and new markets, industry research, legislative affairs and advocacy, training programs and talent acquisition.

“We’re relying on the SMC for their industry experience and knowledge as well as their desire to play a pivotal role in helping shape the future direction of the industry and our association,” said Bowers.

“This council gives SGIA a unique opportunity to look at how these rapidly converging markets of applications and technologies are impacting the industry and where an increasing number of customers are now looking for us to help them enter new market segments. The SMC represents our first and best opportunity to really leverage this association and the PRINTING United partnership between SGIA and NAPCO Media to help define the future,” said newly appointed SMC Chairman Andrew Oransky, President, Roland DGA Corporation.

The SMC is designed to represent the convergence taking place in the printing industry. Members include executives from segments including commercial print/publications, in-plant printers, package printing, wide-format and graphics, garment decoration and functional printing:

  • Andrew Oransky (SMC Chairman), President, Roland DGA Corporation
  • Danny Sweem, CEO, The M&R Companies
  • Kimberly Daugherty, President, Advanced Color Solutions
  • Carleen Gray, CEO, Stahls’
  • Heather Poulin, Director — Strategic Planning & Business Development, Ricoh USA
  • Ken VanHorn, Vice President — Marketing and Operations, Mimaki
  • Chris Raney, President, Baumer HHS
  • Ken Ingram, President, Screen Americas
  • Frank Tückmantel, Vice President — Corporate Marketing, EFI
  • Michael LaBella, Commercial Director — Inks & Industrial Colors, Sensient
  • Larry Moore, Vice President — NA Partner Programs, Esko
  • Michael Abergel, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, MGI
  • Scott Fisher, President, Fisher Textiles
  • Eric Tischer, President, Verseidag
  • Kay Fernandez, Senior Vice President — Marketing, Konica Minolta
  • Michael Sanders, Director — Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology, Top Value Fabrics
  • Jacki Hudmon, Senior Vice President — New Business Development, Komori
  • David Wilkins, Vice President — Sales and Marketing, Xeikon

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Fremont, Calif. – UDS Sp. z o. o., one of Poland’s leaders in point of sale (POS) signage production, will be Central Europe’s first user of the EFITM Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). With this machine, the Warsaw-based company will be able to provide faster response to customers’ changing needs, solve warehousing problems for customers expecting just-in-time deliveries and add more corrugated packaging options to its product offerings.

“The Nozomi helps us respond ideally to market trends, including serialization, frequent changes in promotional campaigns, just-in-time deliveries, and flexible response to market requirements,” said Andrzej B?czkowski, owner and president of the board of UDS. “We’ve been observing the technology of digital printing for years and the Nozomi is the first digital machine for printing on corrugated board that makes economic sense for us.

“Our customers expect us to reduce production time without compromising on quality,” he added, “and the Nozomi ensures this.”

Fast time to market and high quality create a strong competitive advantage
Scheduled for installation next month, the Nozomi press – with its high-end imaging capabilities and fast running speeds of up to 246 linear feet (75 linear meters) per minute – offers the critical capabilities UDS can use to differentiate itself from the competition by focusing on short lead times as well as innovations in technology, product marketing and logistics. “Our purchase decision,” explained B?czkowski, “was based on a combination of many factors: very good, offset-like quality, productivity, price per printed sheet and optimal sheet width.”

The Nozomi press's strong environmental benefits are also very important to UDS, as they will allow the company to save up to 400 sheets of corrugated on each set-up required compared with analog litho-lam processes, solving to some extent the problem of warehousing orders for customers expecting just-in-time deliveries. The corrugated press will also give UDS the ability to offer its customers targeted production in multiple batches. That process minimizes the damage risk when larger quantities of corrugated products are held in storage, while also ensuring customers receive relevant, freshly printed, high-quality displays and packaging.

High-end color capabilities with a broad color gamut
“EFI Nozomi is the only machine that has implemented a color measurement system that results in high quality from the very first sheets,” said Daniel Dzba?ski, head of R&D at UDS. “In addition, it has recently been equipped with a Photo mode, and that will allow us to achieve up to 97% compliance with the PANTONE® palette with six colors. This is an ideal feature for printing corrugated display materials where saturation and vivid colors are key.

“Another decisive factor,” Dzba?ski added, “was that the Nozomi’s output is odorless. In our office, we have printouts that were produced using other printers a few months ago, and those printouts still emit a distinctive smell. Our customers would not accept that.”

The press, which can print up to 10,000 890x890-mm (35x35-inch) boards per hour two-up, features an innovative, single-pass, piezo inkjet writing system that delivers accurate, high-fidelity color, including consistent reproduction on solid areas. And, the EFI Fiery® NZ-1000 digital front end (DFE) used to drive the press provides blazing performance, outstanding color accuracy, efficient job management and the ability to produce versioned or variable work at full speed.

Once the new press from EFI is up and running, UDS’s priority will be to expand its product portfolio with low-volume corrugated packaging. This investment will enable the company to further develop its export activities, giving UDS a competitive advantage in Central Europe with the strengths Nozomi LED inkjet technology provides compared to other digital corrugated print methods. With this in mind, UDS has already expanded its workforce by hiring additional sales representatives.

UDS’s new Nozomi inkjet press – a production platform that is in use at top corrugated packaging companies in Europe, North America and Asia – is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated production available from EFI, with leading edge inks, Fiery DFE technology and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system workflow. For more information about advanced digital corrugated packaging with EFI technologies, visit www.efi.com

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Working with Professor Kokichi Sugihara, mathematician and master of illusion, Swiss micro 3D printing company Cytosurge has realized a class of so-called “impossible objects” in 3D.

Better known as optical illusions, these microscopic impossible objects demonstrate the potential of Cytosurge’s FluidFM technology, and push the boundaries of optical physics.

3D printing illusions

At Meiji University in Japan Professor Sugihara is a lecturer in mathematical engineering and engineering geometry. Best known for his impossible objects, Professor Sugihara applies his mathematical expertise to create physical objects that use perspective to create illusion.

Ambiguous Objects are a class of illusions discovered by Professor Sigihara that change appearance when reflected in a mirror. One example of an Ambiguous Object is the “Ambiguous Cylinder: Rectangles and Circles” – a collection of six circular tubes that appear as rectangles when the perspective is changed.

This Ambiguous Object is the subject of an experiment in micro 3D printing at Cytosurge.

Professor Kokichi Sugihara's Ambiguous Object: Rectangles and Circles viewed in a mirror. Photo via Professor Kokichi Sugihara
Professor Kokichi Sugihara’s Ambiguous Object: Circle and Rectangle viewed in a mirror. Photo via Professor Kokichi Sugihara

FluidFM electrodeposition

Cytosurge is the owner and distributor of FluidFM 3D printing technology, which was originally invented at ETH Zurich. In FluidFM, a 300 nanometer wide nozzle is used to deposit a metallic ink onto and electrically charged print bed. Termed “electrodeposition” the technique turns copper ions into solid atoms to create minuscule objects.

Tiny ambiguous rectangle to circle objects are one of the latest experiments with the FluidFM process. In a video on YouTube, Cytosurge demonstrates three of these illusions 3D printed with circles respectively measuring just 0.1 mm, 0.03 mm and 0.01 mm in diameter. In order to observe the illusion, each of these structures have to be viewed under an electron microscope.

Circle perspective of the 3D printed Ambiguous Object: Circle and Rectangle. Note scale bar (bottom left) showing 100μm 
Circle perspective of the 3D printed Ambiguous Object: Circle and Rectangle. Note scale bar (bottom left) showing 100μm

Micro 3D printing 

Working on a scale close to the natural size of cells, micro 3D printing is a particularly valuable technology to medical research. Two photon lithography has been used variously in recent years to develop microscopic robots for controlled drug delivery, and perform other micro-manipulation tasks within the body.

Micro fabrication is also applied to the development of next generation electronic devices, including potential 5G communications circuits.

Some of the unique aspects of Cytosurge’s process is that it works with a particle-infused ink, and that it is capable of fabricating in metal. Targeted at the research market, the company’s aim is to provide “leading-edge tools and processes to those who need or want to go beyond current technological boundaries.”

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Featured image shows microscopic ambiguous rectangle to circle objects 3D printed using FluidFM. Clip via Cytosurge

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