Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die cutter will make its North American debut at Graph Expo in Chicago next month. The system will be showcased on Masterwork Machinery’s exhibit.

In August 2014, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG announced it was restructuring its postpress equipment manufacturing through a new OEM partnership with Masterwork Machinery Co. headquartered in Tianjin, China. The move excluded Heidelberg’s production of folding machines at its Ludwigsburg site, a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

“Heidelberg offers a value proposition that is unique in the industry,” said Joerg Daehnhardt, Vice President, Postpress, Heidelberg USA. “Our strategic partnership with Masterwork enables Heidelberg to offer a broader portfolio than ever before to the converting market.”

The Promatrix 106 CS is designed to handle substrates from 65-pound text to 48-point board. It outputs 8,000 sheets per hour, and has a maximum sheet size of 29.92 x 41.7 inches, matching the format of Heidelberg’s flagship Speedmaster XL 106 press.
 
The Promatrix 106 CS is the first Heidelberg product manufactured by Masterwork, while the German company retains sales and support responsibilities for its postpress lines. The Promatrix CS 106 is a further development of an existing Masterwork platform, along with additional improvements and certifications (such as “GS,” a German seal denoting safe operation).
 

Tuesday, 01 September 2015
Lynn Worley joins Gandy Digital as National Sales Manager to develop the company’s wide-format-system footprint in North America. Worley spent the past 18 years at xpedx in a range of roles and recently as a Print Solutions Manager with Veritiv Corporation focusing on wide format technology.

“I am excited to start a new challenge with Gandy Digital and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already extensive digital printer products,” said Worley.

Gandy Digital is headquartered in the Greater Toronto Area and has more than 35 years experience developing and manufacturing inkjet-printing technologies. Its primary inkjet machines include the Pred8tor, Domin8tor and Gladi8tor, which are all designed and manufactured in a 40,000-square-foot Mississauga facility, while its software is engineered in the United States.

“We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading company in our industry,” said Hary Gandy, President of Gandy Digital. “Our new innovations such as the SoftJet Direct to Fabric Printer and the introduction of our Sl8te LED Printers, as well as increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service.”
Thursday, 27 August 2015

William Li, Color Technology Manager for Eastman Kodak, will lead what he describes as a historic meeting taking place next week at Ryerson University in Toronto. Open to Canada’s printing public for their input, the September 3 meeting is to focus on the direction of the emerging ISO TC130 standards for printing and colour quality, which is critical to the near-future interests of Canadian printers and technology suppliers.

As Canadian Chair of the ISO TC130 Technical Advisory Group, Li explains the September 3 event will mark the first, in-person meeting of its kind to plan how Canada’s printing industry can impact the use of global standards relating to colour management.

Over the past few years, European organizations like Fogra, as well as IDEALliance in the United States, have become strong forces in directing the technical basis of colour management. Li explains Canadian printers need to take action now to serve their own interests as printing continues to move more rapidly across borders.

The meeting is to begin at 9:00 am in the HEI Boardroom of the downtown building housing Ryerson’s Graphic Communications Management program. After introductions, Li, who is based out of Kodak’s Vancouver facility, will provide an overview of the issues surrounding ISO TC130.

Lasting until approximately 4:00 pm, the agenda will also cover standards currently being put on the table by the various technical groups around the world; Canada’s position prior to an important fall meeting in Seoul, Korea; and the mechanics of how the Canadian Technical Advisory Group should proceed.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

In addition to announcing the availability of the Pro C7100 press line earlier this month, Ricoh has introduced enhancements to ProcessDirector and InfoPrint Manager software, which fit into the company’s Critical Communications portfolio.

ProcessDirector can now integrate multi-channel capabilities, such as email and electronic presentment, while InfoPrint Manager adds Linux support. ProcessDirector users can send customers all or part of a job’s documents via email. Emailed documents can be set to dynamically pull key information into subject lines, arranging the message in the manner most useful to the reader.

With the updated software, users can set separate versions for different audiences, such as internal help desk and external customers, with different kinds of information available. The system utilizes preset AFP forms that are dynamically filled in at time of printing, so users no longer have to store preprinted forms.

Ricoh, in July, also announced the availability of the Pro C7100 press line, which was unveiled in September 2014. The four-colour Pro C7100, available in both printer/scanner and printer-only configurations, features an AC-transfer system and elastic fusing belt technology to enhance output on heavily textured media like vellum and linen, explains the company.

The press reaches speeds of up to 90 pages per minute, handling a maximum sheet size of 13 x 19.2 inches, with a monthly volume of 240,000 based on A4. Using Ricoh’s new vacuum feed LCT, the press has an option for oversized prints of up to 27.5 inches in length.

The press also features a sheet-to-sheet mechanical registration system that squares the sheet prior to imaging, adjustable from the user interface. It also holds a media library that allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to help ensure IQ and reliability. A self-contained liquid cooling system keeps the developer at a constant temperature and minimizes disruptions in extended production runs.

Monday, 27 July 2015
Jay Lalonde becomes Canadian Territory Manager for Zund America Inc., a division of family run Zünd Systemtechnik AG of Switzerland, which develops cutting tables among a range of associated precision technologies.

Lalonde brings more than 25 years of printing industry experience, including seven years he recently spent with Fujifilm’s Canadian operation, where his responsibilities included product marketing management and product obsolescence. He also previously held positions with Boehmer Box, Beresford Box, Pfizer and Sunlife, involved in a range of roles from prepress to packaging design.

In his new role, Lalonde will focus on driving sales and increasing revenue by identifying new opportunities in Canada, as well as building on relationships with existing Canadian Zünd customers and resellers.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Sylvia Ma of Ryerson University’s Graphic Communications Management program won the North American Print Skills Contest by a score of three to one in solving four production problems on the Sinapse SHOTS Sheetfed simulator.

Ma was competing against finalist Sunny Turner from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. The two competitors on July 8 worked through the four print problems live via video link in front of participants of the International Circle Conference held at California Polytechnic State University.

Their task was to solve four sets of print problems within a 10-minute limit for each. The winner was chosen on the basis of best quality and optimum productivity (simulated time and waste). The exercises become progressively harder to solve and concerned registration, inking, blankets and various mechanical issues. Contestants were tasked to understand the problems, analyze the possible causes, decide how to solve the problems and see results and cost of their action (or inaction).

The North American Print Skills Contest contest lasted for several months. It was open to all International Circle members, printers and related schools of North America. The simulator was supplied by download and integrated with a Heidelberg Speedmaster user interface.

With her victory, Ma has prequalified (and, therefore, does not have to go through new qualifying rounds) for the global competition at next year’s drupa tradeshow in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Monday, 13 July 2015
Serif Software, after five years of development, launched its Affinity Photo image-editing application on the Mac App Store. This is the second application in an all-new suite of professional creative software for the Mac being developed by Serif.

The first, Affinity Designer, was launched in October last year (reviewed by Zac Bolan in PrintAction’s February 2015 issue, More Vector, Less Money).

Affinity Photo was originally launched as a public beta in February (culminating in over 230,000 downloads), including capabilities such as RAW processing, PSD import and export, 16-bits per channel editing, and ICC colour management.

The release version of the app features a full set of tools for professional processing, including camera lens and exposure corrections, accurate adjustments, live filter layers, controls for channels and masks, advanced layer handling, and built-in frequency separation editing.

Serif also promotes its speed, explaining whether working on a 100-megapixel image or a complex composition with thousands of layers, a user can still pan and zoom at 60 fps and see live views of all adjustments, brushes, blend modes and filters with no compromise.
Monday, 06 July 2015
Steven Schnoll becomes CEO and President of SiHL Inc.’s United States operations in Fiskeville, Rhode Island. The company is part of SiHL Group, a global manufacturer of medias for inkjet and toner printing, with production facilities also in Germany, Italy, France and Switzerland. SiHL is controlled by parent company Diatec Holdings.

Schnoll, who assumed his new SiHL position back in May 2015, is to focus on the company’s expansion efforts. He has held key roles in five graphic media companies and with one software startup company. For the last 16 years, Schnoll has provided consulting services to a range of organizations in marketing and sales.

"I am honored to be a part of such an important company within the graphics industry. The SiHL Group produces some of the highest quality substrate materials found anywhere in the world for the growing digital print marketplace,” said Schnoll. “With many new product opportunities to be imminently released for our customers to grow their profitability, this is definitely an exciting time.”
Monday, 15 June 2015

Brother Industries formally completed the acquisition of Domino Printing Sciences plc, having met all the conditions of the offer first announced on March 11, 2015.

Domino is a global developer and manufacturer of inkjet-based coding, marking and printing equipment, as well as the supply of aftermarket products and customer services. Brother Industries noted its desire to delve deeper into the inkjet printing sector as a key reason for the purchase.

Brother Industries indicates the Domino brand and management structure is to remain unaltered, with Domino Printing Sciences operating as an autonomous division within Brother.

“Brother respects and values Domino’s brand equity, technologies and strategic vision for the business and the markets it serves,” said Nigel Bond, CEO of Domino Printing Sciences. “As such, the companies will be working closely together on natural growth opportunities, as well as explore collaborative possibilities to develop new products.”

Founded in 1978, Domino now employs 2,600 people worldwide and sells to more than 120 countries through a global network of 25 subsidiary offices and more than 200 distributors. Domino’s manufacturing facilities are situated in China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S.

Brother Industries, based out of Japan, has more than 34,988 employees and generated just over $5 billion in revenues last year.

Monday, 25 May 2015
HP unveiled plans to launch three new printing systems, scheduled to hit the market this August, including two Latex 3500 and 3100 wide-format printers and the Scitex 17000 corrugated press.

The 3.2-metre (126-inch) HP Latex 3500 and 3100 printers join a portfolio with more than 26,000 Latex printers already installed worldwide. The new systems feature what HP describes as heavy-duty roll handling of 300 kg (660 lb) and 10 litre ink supplies, meaning the systems are capable of unattended, overnight printing. The machines also hold dual-roll split spindles for what HP describes as safer handling of oversized rolls; as well as inline slitters to reduce bottlenecks in finishing; and built-in LED lights to support on-the-fly proofing.

HP describes its Latex 3100 printer as being well suited for large sign and display operations that handle a range of work. It prints at indoor quality at speeds of up to 77 m2/hr (830 ft2/hr). The HP Latex 3100 and 3500 printers, and complementary HP Latex mobile app, are expected to be available worldwide in August 2015. A new bright white, FSC-certified HP Premium Poster Paper for use with HP Latex printers will also be available worldwide through licensing partner Brand Management Group (BMG).

HP also introduced the new Scitex 17000 corrugated press, driven by the company’s HDR Printing Technology, features the recently introduced HP Scitex Corrugated Grip and HP HDR230 Scitex Inks. Also scheduled for release in August 2015, the Scitex 17000 is designed to reach speeds of up to 1,000 m2/hr (10,764 ft2/hr).

Prints made with the HP HDR230 Scitex Inks on a representative coated media, according to HP, have been independently certified as having Good Deinkability. HP is also introducing the HP Smart Uptime Kit for HP Scitex Presses, a cloud-based inventory management system enabling customers to log parts, track usage and extract reports.