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Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has been awarded the Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market from Keypoint Intelligence, the world’s foremost market research firm and independent evaluator of document imaging hardware, software, and services. Based on research, this award recognises Konica Minolta as having the leading remote service offering. The award assessed seven key areas: Vision, Innovations, Achievements (customer reach), Serving the Remote Worker, Serving the Enterprise, Regional Marketing, and Channel Activities. Remote services are becoming increasingly important as more and more companies adopt hybrid forms of working. After the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Konica Minolta set out to establish "Remote Service by Default and Design" in Europe to eliminate the need for on-site service. In its summary of the award, Keypoint Intelligence highlighted Konica Minolta's "strong vision and innovative offerings that enable companies to solve technical issues remotely with ease, supporting hybrid workforces." It also praised “augmented reality (AR) functionality through AIRe Link, Konica Minolta’s visual support tool so technicians can look at issues remotely in real-time without the need for on-site visits”. Konica Minolta’s easy-to-optimise and comprehensive tools would “ensure devices get the kind of service that is needed for any given issues that arise” and to serve customers “quickly without the need for much administrative work”. “Konica Minolta is leading the charge in providing exemplary remote services to fix MFP devices in the Western European market,” said Keith Haas, Analyst at Keypoint Intelligence. “Between the development of AR technology with AIRe Link, continually enhancing predictive models, and providing enterprises with various services to monitor and manage their remote workers among other points of innovation, Konica Minolta’s customers are set to work productively and efficiently regardless of where they work.”
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The CutStar sheeter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HEIDELBERG) is in high demand from print shops. After all, operators are leveraging cost benefits and boosting productivity thanks to the new CutStar Generation 4. The sheeter is now available on the market in its fourth generation. Compared to the previous generation, this latest version offers the advantage of the Push-to-Stop concept from HEIDELBERG, meaning it offers more automation, simpler handling, and easier maintenance. By taking automation to the next level, CutStar Generation 4 can save up to 50 percent on makeready times when integrated into the Prinect workflow. Extensive preset values for different substrates ensure significantly accelerated makeready times when changing materials. Manual adjustments such as format length settings are no longer required. For example, CutStar Generation 4 can be used in the pharmaceutical sector and in label printing to boost the production speed for thin substrates by 30 percent and considerably expand the range of uses for especially thin materials (films from 40 μm and paper from 30 gsm).  This means HEIDELBERG is able to dependably meet a major market requirement, particularly in these segments. Two thirds of the systems that have been supplied so far are being used to print labels and packaging inserts. What’s more, the proportion of sheeters in use in the commercial printing sector has increased dramatically in recent months due to the associated cost benefits in paper procurement. HEIDELBERG launched the first CutStar sheeter onto the market at drupa 2000 and has continuously developed the technology ever since, adapting it to the growing market requirements regarding automation, suitability for integration, and productivity. The technology combines the productivity and cost benefits of roll-fed stock with the flexibility of sheetfed offset printing and is used with the highly automated Speedmaster XL 75, CX 104, and XL 106 models. As a sheeter, the CutStar is the ideal addition for processing thin materials at high production speeds. “Growing customer requirements, particularly for processing thin substrates such as label papers, in-mold films, and papers for package inserts were the catalyst for developing the fourth-generation CutStar,” explains Markus Höfer, Head of Business Development Label at HEIDELBERG. “Integration into our Push-to-Stop concept and the Intellistart functions of the press make CutStar unique.” Having launched the system in summer 2020, HEIDELBERG recently sold the 50th CutStar Generation 4 to Seaway Printing Company, a commercial print shop based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Seaway Printing supplies (publishing) customers across the whole of the USA with books, brochures, catalogs, magazines, and educational materials: “Here at Seaway Printing, everything revolves around quality, reliability, and speed,” says Kevin Heslin, President at Seaway Printing. “Having understood our requirements perfectly and worked on appropriate automation solutions, HEIDELBERG has become an important partner that helps us fulfill those promises. By utilizing cutting-edge CutStar technology in combination with the high-end configuration of our Speedmaster XL 106-8-P, Seaway Printing has been able to considerably boost productivity.”  
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HEIDELBERG CutStar Generation 4 offers cost benefits and added produc…

The CutStar sheeter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HEIDELBERG) is in high demand from print shops. After all, operators are leveraging cost benefits and boosting productivity thanks to the new CutStar Generation 4. The sheeter is now available on the market in its fourth generation. Compared to the previous generation, this latest version offers the advantage of the Push-to-Stop concept from HEIDELBERG, meaning it offers more automation, simpler handling, and easier maintenance. By taking automation to the next level, CutStar Generation 4 can save up to 50 percent on makeready times when integrated into the Prinect workflow. Extensive preset values for different substrates ensure significantly accelerated makeready times when changing materials. Manual adjustments such as format length settings are no longer required. For example, CutStar Generation 4 can be used in the pharmaceutical sector and in label printing to boost the production speed for thin substrates by 30 percent and considerably expand the range of uses for especially thin materials (films from 40 μm and paper from 30 gsm).  This means HEIDELBERG is able to dependably meet a major market requirement, particularly in these segments. Two thirds of the systems that have been supplied so far are being used to print labels and packaging inserts. What’s more, the proportion of sheeters in use in the commercial printing sector has increased dramatically in recent months due to the associated cost benefits in paper procurement. HEIDELBERG launched the first CutStar sheeter onto the market at drupa 2000 and has continuously developed the technology ever since, adapting it to the growing market requirements regarding automation, suitability for integration, and productivity. The technology combines the productivity and cost benefits of roll-fed stock with the flexibility of sheetfed offset printing and is used with the highly automated Speedmaster XL 75, CX 104, and XL 106 models. As a sheeter, the CutStar is the ideal addition for processing thin materials at high production speeds. “Growing customer requirements, particularly for processing thin substrates such as label papers, in-mold films, and papers for package inserts were the catalyst for developing the fourth-generation CutStar,” explains Markus Höfer, Head of Business Development Label at HEIDELBERG. “Integration into our Push-to-Stop concept and the Intellistart functions of the press make CutStar unique.” Having launched the system in summer 2020, HEIDELBERG recently sold the 50th CutStar Generation 4 to Seaway Printing Company, a commercial print shop based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Seaway Printing supplies (publishing) customers across the whole of the USA with books, brochures, catalogs, magazines, and educational materials: “Here at Seaway Printing, everything revolves around quality, reliability, and speed,” says Kevin Heslin, President at Seaway Printing. “Having understood our requirements perfectly and worked on appropriate automation solutions, HEIDELBERG has become an important partner that helps us fulfill those promises. By utilizing cutting-edge CutStar technology in combination with the high-end configuration of our Speedmaster XL 106-8-P, Seaway Printing has been able to considerably boost productivity.”  
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The CutStar sheeter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (HEIDELBERG) is in high demand from print shops. After all, operators are leveraging cost benefits and boosting productivity thanks to the new CutStar Generation 4. The sheeter is now available on the market in its fourth generation. Compared to the previous generation, this latest version offers the advantage of the Push-to-Stop concept from HEIDELBERG, meaning it offers more automation, simpler handling, and easier maintenance. By taking automation to the next level, CutStar Generation 4 can save up to 50 percent on makeready times when integrated into the Prinect workflow. Extensive preset values for different substrates ensure significantly accelerated makeready times when changing materials. Manual adjustments such as format length settings are no longer required. For example, CutStar Generation 4 can be used in the pharmaceutical sector and in label printing to boost the production speed for thin substrates by 30 percent and considerably expand the range of uses for especially thin materials (films from 40 μm and paper from 30 gsm).  This means HEIDELBERG is able to dependably meet a major market requirement, particularly in these segments. Two thirds of the systems that have been supplied so far are being used to print labels and packaging inserts. What’s more, the proportion of sheeters in use in the commercial printing sector has increased dramatically in recent months due to the associated cost benefits in paper procurement. HEIDELBERG launched the first CutStar sheeter onto the market at drupa 2000 and has continuously developed the technology ever since, adapting it to the growing market requirements regarding automation, suitability for integration, and productivity. The technology combines the productivity and cost benefits of roll-fed stock with the flexibility of sheetfed offset printing and is used with the highly automated Speedmaster XL 75, CX 104, and XL 106 models. As a sheeter, the CutStar is the ideal addition for processing thin materials at high production speeds. “Growing customer requirements, particularly for processing thin substrates such as label papers, in-mold films, and papers for package inserts were the catalyst for developing the fourth-generation CutStar,” explains Markus Höfer, Head of Business Development Label at HEIDELBERG. “Integration into our Push-to-Stop concept and the Intellistart functions of the press make CutStar unique.” Having launched the system in summer 2020, HEIDELBERG recently sold the 50th CutStar Generation 4 to Seaway Printing Company, a commercial print shop based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Seaway Printing supplies (publishing) customers across the whole of the USA with books, brochures, catalogs, magazines, and educational materials: “Here at Seaway Printing, everything revolves around quality, reliability, and speed,” says Kevin Heslin, President at Seaway Printing. “Having understood our requirements perfectly and worked on appropriate automation solutions, HEIDELBERG has become an important partner that helps us fulfill those promises. By utilizing cutting-edge CutStar technology in combination with the high-end configuration of our Speedmaster XL 106-8-P, Seaway Printing has been able to considerably boost productivity.”  
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  • Agfa Avinci CX3200

    Avinci CX3200 is 3.2 m wide dye sub textile printer capable of printing on polyester-based textiles What is it? Agfa’s Avinci CX3200 is a highly reliable and convenient soft signage printer that can print directly to fabrics and onto transfer paper. It uses an off-line calendar unit to ensure perfect fixation. Agfa’s dedicated dye sublimation roll-to-roll printer will enable you to create vibrant, high-quality prints on polyester-based fabrics up to 3.2 m wide, including a broad range of in- and outdoor soft signage applications, as well as interior decoration. The Avinci CX3200 boasts a rich color gamut and delivers deep black, perfect solids, accurate spot color mapping and smooth tonal rendering that is particularly noticeable in skin tones. The Avinci inks are characterised by their flexibility, image longevity and outdoor resistance. They offer stable jetting performance and deliver the same high-quality results, batch after batch. An off-line calender unit fixes the color deeply into the structure of the polyester-based fabrics while evaporating the carrier fluid. When was it launched at what are the target markets? It was launched on June 22, 2021, and aimed at soft signage industry, sports wear, fashion industry and home décor. Avinic CX3200 is a 3.2 m wide Dye Sub Textile printer capable of printing on polyester based textiles. Does it replace an earlier product? It replaces the earlier model of DX3200. The Avinci CX3200 is driven by Agfa’s Asanti wide-format workflow software. Color accuracy is provided by the easy-to-use color management. Using  their Calibrated Print Mode feature, new media can be calibrated and profiled in less than 15 minutes, after which the new profiles can be used to guarantee print quality. Asanti controls and automates the entire printing process from file intake to finishing, maximising productivity. Its comprehensive integration of file handling, color management and preflighting guarantees smooth and error-free jobs. The web-based Asanti Production Dashboard offers a view on your running production. It summarizes the jobs produced and reports on quantity printed, media usage, ink volumes enabling you to control your production and to manage your print shop optimally. What is the USP? It allows you to print directly on textiles and capable of print on transfer paper media as well. Single person media loading and low inks consumptions are another features. High productivity and a robust design for reliable printing at all times, vibrant prints and a wide color gamut; fine detail rendering; extensive applications scope; low ink consumption; convenient operations and a fast changeover between jobs are another features. Avinci produces good results with a minimum of jetted ink. This low ink consumption is based on Agfa’s renowned Thin Ink Layer technology: a smart combination of particular ink characteristics and our Asanti workflow software algorithms that tune the ink quantities perfectly to the required image quality mode. What training and support are available? Full in house training and support available from Agfa UAE and Belgium. Complete and integrated solution are available for printer, inks, workflow software, worldwide service and applications support. How productive is it? It prints at speed of 250 Sqm per hr on express mode. Being able to print directly to fabric is easy and ideal for fast handling and for special applications such as flags, where print-though is needed. Transfer paper allows for super sharp prints, eliminates any set-off, and limits media waste to a minimum. In addition, it extends the application scope to sportswear and fashion garments, as well as home décor prints on non-coated polyester fabrics. What does it cost? How is it sold? The recommended retail price (RRP) is approximately $220k stand alone printer and requires a separate calendaring unit. How many are in use? Currently, the latest CX3200 are around 11 units around the world. Specifications 3.2m Dye sublimation Printer Kyocera print heads 4 colour printer CYMK Direct to garment capable to print on transfer paper Max speed of 250 sqm Stand alone printer Resolution up to 600 x 1800 dpi Media types: Polyester-based fabrics, or transfer paper used to create banners, indoor wall graphics, shop decoration, outdoor advertising, light boxes, trade show displays, flags and high polyester-based blends “Agfa Avinci CX3200  was launched in June 2021.”
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    Epson – SureColor SC V7000 Flatbed Printer

    Epson's first UV large format printer offers exceptional image quality, Shihab Zubair What is it? The SureColor SC-V7000 is Epson's first UV large format printer, offering exceptional image quality. The V7000 is ideal for printing eye-catching retail and outdoor signage, window displays, hoarding panels, packaging, promotional goods, and décor products. It includes Epson’s Micro Piezo printhead with ten newly developed original inks, for accurate colour reproduction for spot and corporate colours. It allows businesses the flexibility to print on a range of media up to 80mm thick including acrylics, polycarbonates, PVC, glass, aluminium, metal, polyester, foam board, styrene, wood and stone. The printhead layout enables simultaneous high-speed printing and, with the 4-zone vacuum system, it offers real flexibility for production environments. When was it launched at what are the target markets? The Epson SureColor SC-V7000 was launched in April 2021 within the Middle East region, building on the success of Epson’s award-winning range of SureColor S Series signage printers. The V7000 allows sign and display makers to expand their portfolio of products, to deliver high quality, fast and reliable results on a variety of different media. Does it replace an earlier product? The SureColor SC-V7000 proudly marks Epson’s entry into the UV flatbed signage print market. As Epson’s first UV large format printer, it provides unique features to differentiate and enhance our offering to the signage market. Every feature of the Epson SureColor SC-V7000 has been designed with the customer in mind. This is a robust and affordable UV LED flatbed signage printer capable of fast and quality printing on a wide range of media – any type of surface, despite the size, thickness, or weight. This is in addition to Epson’s successful product solutions such as the Epson SureColor SC Series of eco-solvent and resin ink printers. For instance, for environmentally friendly organisations, Epson’s SureColor SC-R5010 Series has the capacity to include a resin ink solution, offering print service providers and creative design agencies the ability to produce a wide range of signage in a more sustainable way, without compromising on the results. For a larger ink capacity, Epson offers the SureColor SC-R5010L. What is the USP? The Epson SureColor SC-V7000 provides exceptional image quality, productivity, usability, and safety. With the unique Epson Micro Piezo printhead, the printer has ten newly developed original inks and 3-layer high-speed printing. It helps print with ease and safety with automatic measurement of media thickness, a multi-zone vacuum, and a printhead crash prevent function, Epson Edge Print, proximity sensors. What training and support is available? Epson manufactures all the components for the SureColor SC-V7000, including printheads, inks and software, in order to reach the consistent quality levels that our customers expect. The Epson Cloud Solution PORT is a cloud-based system from where you will be able to monitor equipment across several sites, or several printers across one site, from the production floor or remotely, and assist the control of production. This enables efficient production planning, increased uptime and enhanced support. Epson Production Monitor is part of the Epson Cloud Solution PORT suite of apps and allows you to examine the production status in real-time. If an issue occurs, it can be corrected efficiently with minimal disruption to the print run. How productive is it? The SureColor SC-V7000 enables businesses to print at high speed with a maximum print area of 2.5 metres by 1.25 metres. The printhead layout enables simultaneous high-speed printing, with white ink and varnish, without losing productivity. What does it cost? How is it sold? The recommended retail price (RRP) is around AED 330,563 (US $90,000) and it is sold through authorised partners in the Middle East. How many are in use? Currently two printers have been installed in the UAE, and we are scheduled to install a few more in December and further into 2022. Specifications UltraChrome UV 10-colour inkset Printing resolution of 720 x 1,440 DPI Outstanding print quality High-speed simultaneous printing even when using white, colour and varnish Printheads, ink, firmware and software with an ink tank capacity of 1,000 ml  Price from AED 330,563 “Epson SureColor SC-V7000 was launched in April 2021.”
    Aug. 2, 2022
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