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HP announces 22mm wide-swath printhead

New Printhead technology
New Printhead technology

HP Inc. is to launch a 22mm wide-swath printhead for high speed, high resolution marking needs, including 1D and 2D bar codes, enabling brands to benefit from large size codes and characters for advanced product identification, anti-counterfeiting, and track and trace.

Manufactured by HP Specialty Printing Systems using HP Thermal Inkjet Technology, the new HP 22mm Printhead which will be commercially available in the second half of 2018, can be easily integrated into OEM printing systems and configured to specific applications. It supports a wide range of stitch-free product coding and marking applications for secondary packaging, including pharmaceutical labels and cartons, secondary box label replacement, as well as variable data printing.

The HP 22mm printhead achieves the highest level of bar code reading scores, readable from smartphones to a handheld scanner, required in product distribution and logistics.

New inks for Océ VarioPrint i-series

Canon has introduced new iQuarius MX inks for the Océ VarioPrint i-series sheet-fed inkjet presses.

These third-generation inks have been specifically developed to meet the needs of customers working with offset coated papers for high quality graphic arts applications. The new Océ iQuarius MX inks enable application of higher ink coverages on many offset coated stocks, increasing the range of standard papers which can be used with the Océ VarioPrint i-series presses.

The move extends the applications range of the technology to even more demanding applications, such as higher quality books, manuals and direct mail requiring the most vivid colour reproduction. Utilising the full capabilities of Canon’s sheetfed inkjet technology, print service providers and in-house print rooms can now embrace the advantages of short-run and personalised digital production on a wider range of substrates and seamlessly switch between multiple stocks.

Océ iQuarius MX inks are used in combination with the ColorGrip inline paper conditioning solution to optimise ink adhesion and absorption.

Canon bolsters print offering for small workgroups

Canon: i-SENSYS
Canon: i-SENSYS

Designed with small businesses and workgroups in mind, the i-SENSYS MF520, i-SENSYS MF420, and i-SENSYS LBP210 series will be available across Europe from April 2018. These compact devices support flexible working and offer personalisation of advanced workflows to ensure they produce consistent quality results at a lower cost to the business.

With this launch, Canon has boosted its mono print offering while also tackling three significant areas for its customers; security, productivity and control. The new models come equipped with a range of solutions for improving device authentication. From the built in Universal Login Manager to uniFLOW online cloud and uniFLOW on-premise server solutions, administrators can control access to the device, manage permissions and protect document security with Canon’s secure print functionality across multiple devices. Thanks to Canon’s builtin Mobile Portal which leverages a direct wireless connection without compromising on network security, users can also print securely from tablets and smart phones.

Easy to install and ready to use in minutes, the new devices include a range of cost effective features that further reduce the need for ongoing maintenance, as well as the total cost to print. This includes a five-inch initiative colour touch-screen display and customisable application library which allows users to personalise their own workflows in one touch. Helping administrators to group jobs, scan-to-email and copy documents in a single move, the feature aims to make information sharing easier by eliminating inefficient processes and allowing for investment in other areas of the business. Canon’s Genuine Cartridge and Auto Seal removal technology further minimises downtime, allowing for easier management.

New range for Katun

Katun Corporation has introduced a range of new products, including Katun certified remanufactured HP printers, colour toners for use in Ricoh and Canon machines, and newbuild black and colour drum units for Konica Minolta applications.

Katun certified remanufactured HP printers, the result of stringent remanufacturing processes that ensure consistent performance can be purchased independently or bundled with Katun toner for even greater savings.

Katun Performance colour refill toners for use in Canon imageRUNNER ADV C1325/C1335-series MFPs provide OEM-equivalent yields and image quality, as well as excellent colour reproduction.

Katun Business Colour toners for use in Ricoh MP C305/C405/C307-series MFPs have been manufactured to produce excellent image quality and deliver great value to Ricoh dealers. The Katun Performance new-build black and colour drum units for use in Konica Minolta bizhub 224e-series and C224-series MFPs enable Konica Minolta dealers to reduce their service costs without sacrificing image quality or performance.

HP unveils rigid latex printing technology

HP Inc. has announced the HP Latex R Series, the first, true hybrid latex technology that merges HP’s renowned flexible printing capabilities into rigid printing.

The HP Latex R series brings unparalleled speed and quality to a wide range of rigid materials. Unlike UV printing technology, which creates a thick layer of ink that completely covers the material and requires time to dry, HP’s water-based Latex Inks preserve the look and feel of the media, and deliver odourless prints that are both safe for the environment and the printer operator.

Tackling one of the industry’s most pervasive limitations in printing, HP’s White Latex Ink has an innovative system that recirculates the white ink to avoid settling. For the first time, White Latex Ink delivers glossy, high-quality ‘true white’ that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink does.

The HP Latex R Series will be available during Q3 of 2018.

Konica Minolta takes mono production to next level

A successor to the bizhub PRESS 1250e series, the new Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6136 series runs at 136 ppm A4 and 78 ppm A3.

The affordable and cost-effective series consists of three models: AccurioPress 6136, AccurioPress 6136P and AccurioPress 6120. Each delivers greater productivity to enhance job capacity, reliability and flexibility enabling operations to expand their capabilities.

Ines Wennemann, Production Printing Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, said: “With the highest productivity in its class, this takes monochrome production printing to the next level. Konica Minolta has been a pioneer and set new standards in the industry for over ten years. This next generation series of monochrome products will help our customers to be well prepared for today’s and upcoming demands in the printing industry.”

The Konica Minolta AccurioPress 6136 series can produce a monthly peak volume of up to 3.24 million A4 pages and offers the highest media flexibility in its class. It enables print providers to create more business opportunities by handling a wide range of essential digital printing applications. The series supports various media types, such as coated and embossed paper from 40 gsm up to 350 gsm. There is an intelligent paper catalogue and optional envelop fuser aiding media flexibility to provide ultimate performance for the user.

New features strengthen application possibilities

Canon has extended the capabilities of its imagePRESS C850 series of cut-sheet toner presses with the addition of an automated duplex feeder for banner sheets, plus improved work?ow solutions.

The new POD Deck Lite XL-A1 long sheet feeder enables automated duplex feeding of 1,000 banner sheets (up to 762mm). To enhance print production efficiencies and offer a more versatile solution, Canon partner EFI has launched the embedded Fiery Digital Front End (DFE) EFI G200 and introduced additional software updates with the new external DFE EFI H300, both supporting the new long sheet feeder.

The introduction of version 6.0 of Canon’s own PRISMAsync controller increases the speed of colour calibration by a factor of three by using one halftone rather than three, while fully automating colour validation tests such as Fogra and IDEAlliance. The improved controller also connects with third party JDF/JMF workflows for further production efficiencies.

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