Nazdar creates UV-LED inks

April 15, 2015

The manufacturer has produced the inks to “make [the] transition to UV-LED easy”.Nazdar_Mimaki_UV_cure

Nazdar noted that as of 13 April, an EU ban “prohibits the use of mercury in lighting”, which has caused concern in the wide-format industry “that printers using mercury vapour for ink curing will also be affected”. While this “is not on the cards just yet”, the company stated that “it may be worthwhile looking at the alternatives”, including LED-curing technology, for which it has produced a set of new UV-LED inks.

LED curing is “less energy-intensive” than mercury because lamps “need less power to run [and] much less warm-up and cool-down time”; are cooler in temperature; do not produce ozone; can be “plugged into standard electrical sockets”; and can “last significantly longer than mercury lamps”. Nazdar’s inks are designed for digital, screen and narrow web printers, and are colour-matched and “plug-and-play”, with “no flushing or other downtime”.

The 260 series of inks are “ideal for POS applications” on vinyl banners, styrene and other surfaces “thanks to excellent adhesion, flexibility and chipping resistance”. In turn, the 2600, 2300, 2400 and UV-LED Air Texture Clear inks are also available for LED-curing printers, while Nazdar said that it is “also happy to work alongside OEM manufacturers who are developing LED-equipped printing systems”.

The company commented: “The merits of UV-LED inks are many, and there’s never been a better time to discover them.”

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Epson launches new wide-format inkjet printer

April 14, 2015

Epson's SureColor P800

Epson’s SureColor P800

The OEM has released the SureColor P800, which features a 17-inch print width.

The device is marketed as a “professional printer” featuring “unique imaging technology” and representing a “new benchmark in photographic print quality”. It utilises the OEM’s MicroPiezo AMCTM printhead technology and an UltraChrome HD eight-colour pigment ink set, and also features a sheet feeder for photo or matte media.

Other features of the printer include an optional 17-inch wide roll paper adapter for panorama printing, 80 millilitre high-capacity inkjet cartridges, and an advanced monochrome print mode for black-and-white photography printing. The SureColor P800 also has “complete connectivity” according to Epson, with USB, Ethernet and wireless connections alongside Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print support.

Larry Kaufman, Epson America’s Product Manager for Professional Imaging, stated: “We understand how important it is for our printers to produce exceptional output that not only accurately conveys a photographer’s vision, but also delivers on the promise of longevity. The SureColor P800 redefines the 17-inch photographic printing market, providing robust photo, fine art and canvas media handling capabilities, all focused on delivering stunning exhibition-quality prints that stand the test of time.”

The SureColor P800 will be available in June 2015 for $1,295 (€1,227), while an optional roll paper adapter is available for $199.95 (€189.55). Each UltraChrome HD 80ml ink cartridge will cost $59.95 (€56.83).

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Epson introduces sub-$100 printer

April 13, 2015

The Expression Home XP-420. Credit: Epson

The Expression Home XP-420. Credit: Epson

The Expression Home XP-420, the latest addition to the OEM’s ‘Small-in-One’ line, can print and scan from a tablet, smartphone or computer from anywhere in the world.

The machine features wireless connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct, and the Epson Connect suite, a mobile printing package that includes Email Print, Epson Creative Print and Epson iPrint. The device has a large high-resolution 2.5-inch colour LCD and touch panel, and built-in memory card slots to enable “PC-free document printing, scanning and copying.”

Ink cartridges can be replaced “as each colour is needed; this includes both standard and high-capacity (XL) black and colour ink cartridges”. The printer has one-click options for red eye removal, restoration of faded or discoloured photos and auto correction for high and low-exposed images, and a 100-sheet paper tray capacity

Users can also edit photos and share them directly to Facebook or other cloud services in a single workflow. Epson Community’s Snapshot blog has a how-to guide on uploading scans to the internet.

Carrie Brown, Group Product Manager of Consumer Ink Jets at Epson America, said: “Designed with a new suite of features and mobile functionality, the Expression Home XP-420 printer caters to a range of printing, scanning, copying and creative needs for today’s connected homes, as well as individuals on-the-go.

“With such a compact footprint, the XP-420 makes a great addition for families and individuals who require a high-quality, affordable printing solution to fit within smaller environments such as a home office, wall shelving, living room or a dorm room.”

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Epson announces UK MPS deals for RIPS machines

April 10, 2015

The OEM has revealed 26 MPS providers that will distribute its RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) business inkjet machines.

Epson's RIPS bags

Epson’s RIPS bags

Channel Pro reported on the distribution channel announcement from the OEM, which will see 26 MPS providers in the UK offer the company’s business inkjet machines. The devices utilise its RIPS system of replaceable ink packs, which were said to cost less to run than cartridges in June 2014 and which were predicted to “reverse” the OEM business model in October last year.

The WorkForce Pro devices featuring the RIPS technology will be available from MPS providers including ASL, Bytek Ltd., Contrac, Sapphire Print Solutions and Scan DB. Epson has invested €125 million ($132 million) in bringing the technology “to the mass market through the channel”, with the bags said to be able to print 75,000 pages before expiration. Epson claims that this means businesses “can print continuously for an average of three years without needing to change consumables”.

Epson hosted a UK event called ‘Future of Business Printing’ in 2014, where Rob Clark, its Vice President of Marketing in Europe, told Channel Pro that “for us the future is definitely inkjet-based. We fully expect to be switching people to inkjet rather than laser”. Market analyst IDC’s Programme Director Phil Sargeant also spoke at the event, and predicted business inkjet products “will account for 25 percent of the business printer and multifunction market by 2017”.

Mark Allen, Epson UK’s Reseller Product Manager of Business Imaging, said that the OEM has “spent time making sure it has the right mix of partners”, adding that “they are all well-established in the managed print industry and combine a blend of product knowledge, market experience, sales support and training to ensure that our customers receive the very best levels of service possible”.

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Epson releases new SureColor wide-format range

April 9, 2015

The S-Series of devices include the S30675, 50675 and 70675 wide-format inkjets.

Epson's SureColor S30765

Epson’s SureColor S30765

Sys-Con reported on the launch of the new range, which Epson says will “deliver leading performance and unparalleled image quality” for wide-format applications. The machines are 64-inch solvent inkjets, and feature PrecisionCore TFP printheads to offer “reliability, durability and image quality”, having been “designed and manufactured by Epson from the ground up”.

The 30675 and 50675 feature UltraChrome GS2 inks, including a newly-formulated cyan, while the 70675 features the UltraChrome GSX inks with new cyan, light-cyan and orange plus. The 50675 also includes Epson’s new microweave print mode for “higher production speeds”. All three machines also feature media and take-up reel systems, while the 30675 has a speed of 140 square feet per hour; the 50675 a speed of 240 square feet per hour; and the 70675 a speed of 190 square feet per hour.

Matt McCausland, Epson’s Associate Product Manager for Professional Imaging, commented: “Epson prides itself on listening to the needs of the market. Our customers know what they want and we applied their feedback to expand the capabilities of the new SureColor S-Series printers.

“Leveraging an all new print head and reformulated ink chemistry, the SureColor S-Series accommodates a broad range of indoor and outdoor applications, producing quality output, quickly, with the most expansive colour gamut available on the market today.”

The S30675 and S70675 are available now, and the S50675 will be available in June 2015, at respective prices of $14,995 (€14,044), $19,995 (€18,727) and $22,995 (€21,537).

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Inkjet printers used to create pathogen biosensors

April 8, 2015

 BioscreeningThe new method for producing paper-based screening could allow easy identification of E. coli and Salmonella by consumers.

Researchers at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, have developed a simplified way to diagnose bacterial and respiratory infections, using letters and symbols that appear on a test paper to indicate contamination in food, people or the environment, reports.

Office inkjet printers can print the “bio-inks” the scientists have created, which produce DNA molecules on the page that emit a signal when a pathogen is present. Once printed, the sensor can be used straight away, similar to pH paper.

John Brennan, Director of the Biointerfaces Institute at McMasters, said: “For patients suspected of having infectious diseases like C. diff, this technology allows doctors to quickly and simply diagnose their illnesses, saving time and expediting what could be life-saving treatments.

“This method can be extended to virtually any compound, be it a small molecule, bacterial cell or virus.”

The research continues in its formative stage, but it has the potential to overcome the current issues with biosensing techniques; that they are labour-intensive, inconvenient and expensive and not easily mass produced.

Brennan says the new technology is also important as it may be put to use in medical fields where quick answers are desperately needed in fighting disease.

“We could conceivably adapt this for numerous applications which would include rapid detection of cancer or monitoring toxins in the water supply,” stated Brennan. “There are hundreds of possibilities.”



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Epson releases new colour printer in Australia

April 8, 2015

The OEM has launched the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 TC through dealer Kayell Australia.

Epson's Workforce Pro WF-8590 TC

Epson’s Workforce Pro WF-8590 TC

ProPrint reported on the launch of the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 TC inkjet machine, which will be sold through dealer Kayell Australia. The device features the OEM’s new Precision Core technology, and can print 75,000 pages with one inkjet pack utilising the RIPS (Replaceable Inkjet Pack System) technology.

The device will cost around AU$7,699 ($5,928/€5,458), and is said by Kayell Australia to be able to “produce commercial sellable print […] at less than half the per page cost of current digital colour printers”. The device features a resolution of 2,400dpi, can print up to A3-sized documents, and contains a paper capacity of 1,831 sheets with print speeds of around 24ppm.

Andreas Johansson, Sales Director at Kayell Australia, stated: “It is the culmination of Epson’s huge AU$300 million ($231 million/€212 million) investment in Precision Core technology. The quality is first-rate; Epson of course comes from a photographic heritage, so it has exacting standards. Not only does it produce pages at less than half the cost of current click-charged printers, [but] it will print on a wide substrate range, as there is no heat involved in the printing process, unlike the fuser-based systems, so the dimensional stability of the stock is not affected.”

He added: “We don’t see the new Workforce Pro RIPS range as a direct competitor to the established digital colour printers that are used by commercial printers, franchises and copy shops, more as a complementary technology. For example, while the pages of a catalogue may be being printed on a regular digital printer, the new Epson could be being used to print the covers, as the costs are much lower.”

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Epson predicts $1 billion printer market

March 30, 2015

Epson logoThe OEM reckons that inkjet printers in the residential and commercial segment market will hit 70 million shipments in 2015.

Global laser printer shipments were also anticipated to reach 40 million, Digitimes reported. A source at Epson said that “total market value for inkjet printers in addition to coloured as well as black and white inkjet printers” is to reach ¥12.8 trillion ($1 billion/€985 million), notwithstanding on “overall decline” in shipments for 2015.

The predictions break down the inkjets into: residential and commercial, with ¥3 trillion ($25 billion/€23 billion); black and white, with ¥4 trillion ($33 billion/€30 billion); and coloured, with ¥4.5 trillion ($37 billion/€34 billion). Epson also found that in the Japanese market revenues from printers dropped 10 percent as vendors fought for market share, offering low-price solutions.

In Taiwan, Epson foresaw inkjet printer shipments reaching 400,000, while laser printer shipments will reach 180,000 in 2015. The Chinese market will undergo slight growth but overall the market will shrink. The Recycler recently reported on the prediction that the global print market would be worth $1 trillion (€935 billion) by 2018, made by patent specialist Scott J. Cooper.

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Printing nanomaterials market set to grow

March 24, 2015

Nanomaterials used in inkjet are “experiencing high growth”, and will see continued expansion through to 2019.

Silver nanoparticles

Silver nanoparticles

The study from analysts Markets and Markets discussed the nanomaterials used in printing – including nanosilver, nanogold, carbon nanotubes, copper, copper oxide and iron oxide nanoparticles – and the growth of the market up until 2019.

The materials are used in printing as well as in other markets, such as solar panels, displays, RFID and circuitry, and the report predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in value terms of 22.15 percent between 2014 and 2019. It also expects a global market value of $1.794 billion (€1.644 billion) by 2019, while currently printed circuit boards account for 15 percent of the market and displays and automotive products make up 35 percent.

The analysts noted that the report covers the “qualitative aspect” of the materials, as well as applications, types and regions and “driving and restraining factors”. One such driver is the “increased demand” from electronics and automotive industries, which are feeding high growth in the Asia-Pacific and North American markets. This is said to be due to growth in demand for “efficient and reliable” products utilising electronics.

The Asia-Pacific market is the largest market for the nanomaterials, contributing over 60 percent to the global share due to specific demands from electronics and energy sectors, and for circuit boards and membrane switches that can be printed. Among the “key participants” said to be involved in the market are BASF SE, Clariant International, DuPont, ULVAC Technologies, NanoMas Technologies and Mitsubishi Imaging.

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Sensient launches new sublimation ink range

March 24, 2015

The ink manufacturer has released the ElvaJet Swift inks for Epson DX printheads.Flags_printing-onMitex3200-with-Elvajet-Inks-7af1ff09202a5617520502e35d075398

The ElvaJet Swift range is said by the company to be a “game-changing” range of digital sublimation inks for Epson DX printheads, as well as the “first industrial sublimation inkjet ink series to address all the challenges faced by printers”. The inks will be used for printing on garments, textiles for indoor use, and flags and banners, and have reportedly “raised the bar in performance”.

Sensient noted that the inks have so far exhibited “outstanding performance”, and are “unrivalled in quality and performance”. The range of inks has a high dye concentration, which allows for an average coverage saving of 40 percent, that “significantly reduces the stress on the transfer paper”. This means that “no cockling arises” on thin paper, while drying is very fast and transfer “requires less energy”.

The company also claimed that the inks will offer “substantial cost and time savings” as well as “outstanding printability on virtually any printer equipped with Epson DX printheads”. Other features include quick open time and immediate start after pausing printing, lower consumption and “superior” strength of colour, and eco-sustainability.

Sensient commented: “Our new [range] is the proven promise of achieving intense, bright colours without compromising on productivity or time. These exceptional results can be easily obtained when producing sportswear, fashion, interior design, flags and banners.”

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