New flatbed, more online support options and new installations

News Digest: – a quick run through of all the stories from the last few weeks that didn’t merit a post in their own right, including price rises, new flatbed printers and training options as well as several new job appointments.

Agfa has said that it will increase the prices of its offset plates by up to 10%, effective August 1st 2021 as contracts permit. This is due to the ongoing rise of raw material costs, particularly aluminum, energy and packaging materials, in combination with high freight rates. In a statement, the company added: “This is in addition to the previously announced and implemented increase and will likely be followed by subsequent increases as the trend continues.”

Canon Arizona 135 GT is an entry-level flatbed printer.

Canon has introduced a new wide format flatbed printer, the Arizona 135 GT, which is an addition to the fifth generation line up of these printers. It can handle substrates of up to 125 x 250 cm in size and up to 50.8 mm thick. It will print at speeds of up to 34.2sqm/hr. It’s a UV LED printer and will print to most rigid materials. There’s an optional Static Suppression Upgrade Kit that allows it to print on hard plastic materials, such as acrylic, polycarbonate and styrene. Thanks to a Roll Media Option it can also print to flexible media rolls up to 220cm wide, including thin and heat-sensitive media, and can run these jobs unattended overnight.

SAi, which develops wide format software solutions, has set up a new business called Adendo.com to offer training and technical support. Essentially, people who believe they have expertise offer training sessions for a per-minute fee. Adendo provides a platform that handles scheduling, video conferencing and billing. The assumption seems to be that OEMs and resellers will use this to fulfil their own training and support offerings.

Mark Andy has set up an online training resource – my.markandy.com – which gives registered users access to manuals, training videos, troubleshooting content and additional service support from a single source.

Konica Minolta has gained certification from INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, for the deinkability of uncoated paper printed on its AccurioJet KM-1e press. INGEDE has already certified this press for coated papers, including even recycled qualities. 

British distributor QPS, or Quality Print Services, is working with the Indian wide format manufacturer ColorJet and will distribute five of the ColorJet printers, including the Verve LED UV flatbed, the 3.2m Verve hybrid, the Vulcan, a 3.2m wide roll to roll machine, the SoftJet Plus, an entry-level soft signage printer, and the SoftJet Grand, a 3.2m soft signage printer. 

Chris Bailey, Managing Director of QPS, commented: “As a distributor of both Nazdar and DuPont Artistri inks, we are able to fine tune the ColorJet printers’ ink selection to specifically meet any customer’s requirements. Our ink expertise, coupled with our ability to offer full technical support nationwide – something we’ve been doing for many years – means we are highly experienced and well placed to offer a comprehensive package to our customers.”

Materialise has introduced a new service for 3D printers, Bluesint PA 12 service, that makes it possible to 3D print with up to 100 percent re-used powder, significantly reducing powder waste, and offers customers a more sustainable option for 3D printing.

With selective laser sintering, the second most used 3D printing technology*, up to 70 percent of the powder is down-cycled or becomes waste. With Bluesint this waste powder can be given a second life to print new parts, creating a path toward eliminating waste in 3D printing.

New appointments

Frank Schenk has joined Mutoh Europe as General Manager of sales where he will head the sales and sales support teams of Mutoh Europe, based in Oostende, Belgium, and Mutoh Deutschland, based in Düsseldorf, Germany. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and was until recently head of sales for commercial and industrial printing for Epson Deutschland.

Managing director Mitsuo Takatso commented: “We are very pleased to have Frank Schenk on board.  He can rely on nearly 25 years of experience in the wide format digital print industry.  With his extensive experience and strong focus on sales and distribution, Frank is a perfect fit for our organization. He will manage our existing extensive network of certified distributors throughout EMEA and further develop our business growth in vertical markets”.

Mimaki Europe has appointed Arjen Evertse as General Manager Sales starting from September 2021. He is currently general manager of Mimaki Eurasia, a Mimaki subsidiary based in Turkey. He will succeed Ronald van den Broek, who has accepted a partner position at valued Mimaki customer and 3D print specialist, Marketiger.

Mark Andy has promoted Shannon Stamberger to Director of Technology Center Operations at its US headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri. Stamberger, who has worked at Mark Andy for 15 years, will continue to head up the demo facility but will now also take on responsibility for application testing and documentation across all product lines. Stamberger also leads Mark Andy’s strategic partnerships with industry co-suppliers, working with vendors to integrate trusted and new products and materials in the production environment. 

6K, which is developing advanced materials for energy storage and for producing additive manufacturing powders, has appointed Mary Cronin as vice president of Government Affairs. She brings proven experience in building relationships with government departments, which will help 6K pick up government contracts, such as the recent $1M DLA phase II program to establish a domestic capability to recover and convert critical metals from defense scrap into premium additive manufacturing powder.

New Installations

Modern Litho, a commercial printer with five plants in Missouri, USA, has become the first in the world to sign up for Kodak’s Prinergy On Demand Business Solutions. The company already operates Kodak’s CTP and digital printing technology as well as Sonora process-free plates and the Prinergy workflow. Modern Litho had recently switched to the cloud-based Kodak Prinergy On Demand platform, which is hosted on Microsoft Azure. 

However, as Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Modern Litho, explained: “We weren’t getting the support we needed from our legacy provider to integrate email, CRM and MIS functionality with Prinergy. In addition, they have been slow to adapt software to keep pace with changing financial, tax and logistics regulations.” 

The Prinergy On Demand Business Solutions filled this gap as it combines ERP and MIS functionality with collaboration tools, web-to-print, CRM and Microsoft Office as well as the Prinergy On Demand production workflow in a fully integrated, cloud-based platform complete with print-specific analytics and AI capabilities.

GSP, a wide format printer based in the US, has installed an Agfa Jeti Tauro H3300 UHS LED system at its Florida print site, the first of these machines in the country. The company mainly serves the retail sector, providing store branding and marketing graphics as well as displays and fixtures. GSP operates three other production sites, located in Wisonsin, Kansas and Utah. This is the 12th Agfa printer that GSP has bought. Agfa only announced the UHS variant in March of this year.

Spanish packaging manufacturer Embamat has installed a Kongsberg C66 digital cutting table complete with Kongsberg’s Automate board feeder and stacker, at its Barcelona facility as part of a plan to add greater automation to the plant. Esteve Amat, Embamat’s General Manager, commented: “We were looking for a digital finishing table that was both strong enough to handle the toughest of jobs and that could consistently deliver the highest quality without compromising on speed,” said Esteve. “With its build quality and reliability, the Kongsberg C66 was the right choice, and the combination of high-speed cutting with the automated board feeding ensured we were able to increase our overall production capacity.”


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