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News from the Organisers

InPrint 2017: Focus on printing solutions for industrial production processes

In less than five months, from 14 – 16 November 2017, InPrint 2017, the Industrial Print Show, will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany.

Already 118 exhibitors from 17 countries have secured their stand space at InPrint 2017. Leading international companies will showcase state of the art technology, components and services for functional and decorative printing as well as packaging printing.
InPrint is exclusively dedicated to industrial print as part of the manufacturing process with either a functional or a decorative purpose. Speciality, screen, digital and inkjet print are the four key areas of InPrint. The latest applications and equipment for printing on metal, plastics, textile, glass, ceramics, wood and other surfaces will be on display.

With its specialised show profile InPrint is the business platform for printing technology experts from various manufacturing industries, specialists from industrial printing companies, OEMs, integrators, component manufacturers and developers as well as commercial print companies who wish to invest in solutions for functional and/or decorative industrial printing.

Further information on InPrint 2017 is available in this newsletter and on the show website.

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Present at the InPrint 2017 Conference

A comprehensive, high-quality technical conference will run alongside InPrint 2017, presenting innovative best practice and forward-looking talks and discussions with experts from the industry sector. Taking place directly on the show floor, the conference offers additional opportunities for exchange and networking between exhibitors and visitors.

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please apply online via the InPrint show website. Please provide the topic of your presentation and a rough abstract, and we will then get in touch with you for any further details and to allocate a time slot.

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Attend the InPrint “Leaders in Technology Summit”

The exclusive Leaders in Technology Summit, which takes place on 28 June 2017 in Cambridge, UK, complements InPrint 2017 in a unique manner by debating the core topics of the show on a smaller scale. The event is a direct response to the challenge of persuading conventional markets to invest in new technology. It is designed to provide the industrial inkjet community with access to ideas, inspiration and contacts that may help them in their mission to grow their business.

Limited spaces are still available. To register and to view the full event itinerary, visit the website below.

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News for Exhibitors

Limited stand spaces still available – book now!

InPrint is the leading exhibition for innovative print technology for industrial manufacturing. It is attended by specialists from the manufacturing sector and attracts decision makers who are looking to find customised, co-operatively designed system solutions in order to generate new possibilities and revenue in industrial production.

A limited number of stand spaces at InPrint 2017 is still available. Companies interested in exhibiting at the show are advised to contact the InPrint team as soon as possible to secure a stand. Visit the exhibition website for further information on stand space options and services.

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Explore the Exhibitor Zone for marketing services and more

The dedicated Exhibitor Zone is an important tool for all exhibitors at InPrint 2017 to organise their participation and have all the important information they need at hand. Exhibitors have been sent their log in details via email to be able to access the Exhibitor Zone via the show website.

They can activate their company profile via the exhibitor zone, update their contact details for visitors and journalists, and pick a number of exhibition categories under which they will appear in the “search exhibitors by categories” function of the Online Visitor Show Planner. Furthermore, they can download important documents and forms, and view important dates for exhibitors like the publication date of the exhibitor handbook.

A variety of additional marketing services can be booked via the exhibitor zone, such as banner ads in the official InPrint Newsletter or the upload of a video linked to the company entry on the online exhibitor list.

In addition to that, a range of press services is available to all exhibitors like the distribution of their press information and invitations for press conferences to accredited journalists before and during the show, or an on-site or online press box.

For more information and to book these services, log on to the Exhibitor Zone via the link below. In case you have not received the log in details yet, please contact the InPrint team.

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News for Visitors

Request visitor information & plan your visit

Are you planning on visiting InPrint 2017? A variety of visitor information is available upon request on the official show website to prepare your visit. Order your printed copy or PDF-version of the visitor brochure and pre-order the Show Preview which will be published in September 2017. Let us know if you would like to be reminded once the Online Ticket Shop is open for visitors, or if you are interested in a guided tour around the exhibition.

The Online Show Planner is a useful tool to help you make the most of your time at InPrint 2017. Select the categories you are most interested in to create your own personalised exhibitor list, print it and take it with you to the show. In addition to that, the official InPrint exhibitor list comprises detailed profiles and press information of exhibiting companies.

Parallel to InPrint 2017, a comprehensive conference programme will be taking place in the midst of the exhibition hall. It will offer talks and presentations from industry experts and will provide an important networking platform for visitors and exhibitors. More information and details will be available on the show website from July 2017.

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Travel & Visa

InPrint 2017 will take place in hall A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. It is well connected to the local transport infrastructure and a direct shuttle bus service will be running between the exhibition centre and Munich international airport for the duration of the show.

For visitors who require a visa to travel to the show we recommend initiating their visa arrangements well in advance to avoid delays. For assistance with your visa application and further details on how to get to the show, visit the InPrint website.

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Always up-to-date – with Social Media

Would you like to receive the latest news on InPrint 2017? Visit the InPrint Social Media channels and receive regular updates for visitors, exhibitors and the press. You can find InPrint on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Make sure you use our official hashtag for tweets: #InPrint2017

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News from the Industry

Hymmen presents high-end technology for digital printing on edge-banding material

Almost everybody had to do it once: applying an edge belt to a furniture part with an iron. Or you were happy about not having to do it yourself because you bought a worktop with a high-quality edge. In both cases, it is not necessary to come to a compromise with regard to optics: Thanks to digital printing, each decor request for surface and edge can be realized in high-end quality.

As a machine- and plant-engineering company with focus on the woodworking industry, Hymmen has an extensive know-how about the complete production procedures of their customers. Due to the close interaction with the customers of the furniture and kitchen industry, Hymmen realized a special field of application for their industrial digital printing technology for which there had been no solution on the market so far: The industrial digital printing on edge belts.

The substitution of gravure printing by digital printing provides many advantages to the customers: digital printing can be incorporated in existing process chains of the decor industry, it enables an individualized mass production, the quick reaction to market trends and customer requests, a shorter "Time to Market", short set-up times, lower storage costs, no material loss upon change of decor, and new design options with regard to register lengths and levels of detail. The whole line has a very compact design. The company succeeded in accommodating the whole technology on a minimum amount of space, without having to renounce the advantages of large digital lines like the automatic cleaning of print heads.

The digital printing line JPT-WS is available in two production widths: 230 and 560mm, with a differentiation between the variants inline and offline. Both types are available for integration within an existing edge band production line, with extruder and liquid coating machines.

Printing takes place on a single track, borderless over the whole edge band at a maximum effective printing width of 205mm resp. 410mm. In case of the inline variant, the primer, basic lacquer and, if required, the texture are applied on the edge belt. The digital printing is followed by the coating lacquer and profiling, as far as this was not carried out before. At the end of production, the edge band is wound up on rolls and supplied to the end customer. These lines can also be installed offline as independent printing machines.

In addition to the high precision conveyor, which ensures the flatness of the substrate by means of the vacuum suction, the digital printing machine for edge bands offers further technical highlights. The modular width extension implies flexibility with regard to the printing widths. The self-recovery function ensures very high line availability. Calenders within the Hymmen line enable a decoupling of the web tension within the digital printer from the web tension in the periphery. The grey scale technology ensures a print image in reliable and uniform high-definition quality up to the border of the edge, while the color management is easy to handle at the same time. Maximum 10 color rows with 6 print heads side by side, i.e. 60 print heads altogether, can be installed. The UV colors CMYK (twice) and two special colors (e.g. white) are used. Finally, an UV-LED drying technology is used.

Also from an economic view, the lines represent a highlight: exemplary calculations and practical experience have shown that even without financial evaluation of the advantages like storage cost reduction (capital commitment), logistics costs reduction, omission of costs for cylinder production, shortening of the internal processing time (time to market), the production is economical in cost, compared with gravure printing.

The result: The Hymmen digital printing technology offers an amazing optical deep structure of each possible edge decor, where applicable also with textured haptics, which can hardly be distinguished from genuine wood, high decor quality like the surface, reproducible at any time, and all in a highly flexible and economic production process.

Picture: Digitally printed edge bands in various decor variants
Photo: Hymmen GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau

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SunColorBox Closes the Loop on Global Digital Color Management

Sun Chemical has launched the latest version of SunColorBox, the end-to-end digital color management solution that guarantees brand colors are reproduced consistently and efficiently anywhere in the world — whatever combination of printing technology, substrates and inks is used.

SunColorBox is a fully-optimised “toolkit” of digital applications and services that ensure precise color at every stage of the print production cycle. The latest version incorporates four important new features: Private Cloud, expanded SunConsulting and process printing through SunCMYK and SunECG — which, says
Patrice Aurenty, Business Leader, Color Management, Sun Chemical, made SunColorBox the most complete digital color management solution on the market. SunColorBox was unique in that all users operated in a fully-digital workflow, producing colors that matched the original specifications. These were established at the outset from measuring real colors on real substrates and were available to every party involved in the workflow: designers, brand owners, premedia technicians, printers and ink manufacturers. As everyone worked from the same precise and unique color definition, the DNA of the color, as it were, SunColorBox injected digital efficiency into the production process, saving time in pre-media, money in production and making the customer experience significantly better, he adds.

The four new features extend the functionality of SunColorBox considerably: Private Cloud utilises a cloud-based solution to manage converters’ private databases of bespoke spot colors and make them available digitally throughout the supply chain and production cycle. This enables their unique colors to be accurately communicated privately, alongside PantoneLIVE references, across the entire packaging workflow to their selected partners, from design concept to retail store shelves.

The expansion of SunConsulting, the first stage of Sun Chemical’s process involving on-site audits and consultations, results in a proposed digital color workflow implementation plan. As well as reviewing color management aspects, Sun Chemical can now offer business improvement tools centred on process mapping, waste hunting and lean manufacturing. These tools align well with color management to deliver a high level of productivity benefits to converters.

SunCMYK and SunECG are services for the color management of process printing. SunCMYK is a consulting service whereby Sun Chemical ensures that its process ink sets are printed in compliance with global industry standards, preparing customers to be certified by recognised bodies, such as Fogra and G7. Sun Chemical offers a choice of compliance and certification levels, from a simple validation that the customer complies with the industry standards to a full start-to-finish certification process. SunECG addresses the growing demand from customers for Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) printing, whereby additional colors are added to the standard CMYK set.

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XAAR launches its new 1003 AMx printhead

Xaar, one of the market leaders in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the launch of its new printhead, the Xaar 1003 AMx for precise and controlled small drop (6-42 pL) functional fluid deposition. Perfect for the production of fine features, patterns and coatings, this new printhead is of interest to sectors such as advanced manufacturing, flat panel display, PCB, semiconductors and photovoltaics.

The Xaar 1003 AMx combines highly accurate drop placement, consistent drop volume and high frequency jetting with variable drop size capability to deliver precise functional fluid control. This is essential for the many applications which require tight regulation of coating thicknesses, precise patterns and management of substrate surface characteristics.

As with all of the Xaar 1003 family of printheads, this new addition to the range incorporates the combination of Xaar’s TF Technology® and Hybrid Side-Shooter® architecture. This unique arrangement ensures that the printhead delivers unrivalled reliability even in the most challenging industrial applications.

In addition, the Xaar 1003 AMx has a series of special internal and external coatings which enable the printhead to jet a range of corrosive and reactive functional fluids. Combined with TF Technology®, these features ensure a long printhead running time with functional fluids as well as reduced maintenance.

The innovative, advanced manufacturing specific enhancements of the Xaar 1003 AMx printhead allowed the controlled deposition and management of functional fluids like never before, said Xaar’s Senior Product Manager, Simon Kirk. They continued to expand their advanced manufacturing range of printheads to encourage new partnerships and create new markets as part of the inkjet revolution.

Picture: Xaar’s new 1003 AMx printhead
Photo: Xaar plc

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Onyx Graphics introduces ONYX SiteSolutions

ONYX Graphics, Inc. recently launched ONYX SiteSolutions: A portfolio of products focused on bringing business and production together in wide format and grand format print environments.

Onyx Graphics recognizes that modern print shops need solutions that will increase their production and revenue, lower their costs, and increase shop efficiency in order to compete. ONYX SiteSolutions is a portfolio of products that take a unique approach to giving business owners accurate information about their print jobs, costs and productivity across their entire site. ONYX SiteSolutions address the areas of print production, connected workflows, and leveraging data to make business decisions.

The ONYX 12.2 software will be released for ONYX Thrive, ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software packages. Key features of the software are: As with version 12.1, ONYX 12.2 software processes more files in less time with a full 64bit platform for RIP and applications, with speeds that can improve a service provider’s profit margin by as much as 30 percent. On average, processing times in ONYX 12.2 software are three times faster than ONYX 12 software for halftone processing and data transfer speeds to many grand format printers are also up to three times faster. An all new multiroll user interface delivers an interactive workflow with greater flexibility and automation and it incorporates enhanced media and page size handling to streamline printer configurations and job setup, and many more.

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