Messe Düsseldorf (www.mdna.com) has announced that, after drupa 2016 (www.drupa.com), the international print and cross-media tradeshow will switch from a four- to a three-year cycle. Future events will take place in May of 2019, 2022, and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
More than 70 participants flocked to Tokyo in late January for a working meeting between the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A, www.oe-a.org) and the Japan Advanced Printed Electronics Technology Research Association (JAPERA, www.japera.or.jp).
Key issues discussed included driving market growth and industry-wide standardization. Attendees were also able to visit Japanese companies and research facilities that rely on the use of printed electronics.
ATMA Equipment’s latest model in its line of ATMAOE high-precision screen-printing presses for producing EL films and panels, light guide panels (LGPs), BEF films, touch panels, solar panels, membrane switches, flexible circuits, and other high-tech applications. Distributed in the US and Canada by RH Solutions (www.atmaequipment.com), the updated G7 machine is available in three models: the 56 (19 x 23-in. print area), 67 (19 x 23 in.), and 710 (30 x 41 in.).
SWG 220 Screen Wash Degradent from Rhinotech (www.rhinotechinc.com) is a 100% biodegradable, nontoxic screen cleaner designed to remove all types of water-based inks from frames. Part of the firm’s RhinoClean Green line of screen-cleaning products, SWG 220 can be used immediately after a press run or to remove dried-on water-based ink from screen frames. The product is water soluble, evaporates slowly to maximize yield, has a high flash point, and reportedly leaves no residue to prevent ghost images.
The Paradigm II digital add-on station from Kornit Digital (www.kornit.com) allows garment printers to combine the cost benefits of screen printing with the photorealistic capabilities of inkjet to produce unique multimedia prints. Designed to be integrated with existing carousel and oval presses, the Paradigm II features eight Spectra Dimatix Polaris printheads, a 15.5 x 19.5-in. max. print area, and output resolution up to 600 dpi.
The Rho 1312 from Durst (www.durstus.com) is a high-productivity UV flatbed inkjet printer, with top quoted print speeds over 6600 sq ft/hr. The 1312 features the firm’s Quadro Array 12-pL printheads with over 80,000 nozzles in the inkjet carriage, enabling fast print speeds at 1000-dpi resolution. The printer incorporates Durst’s Gradual Flow Printing, a series of media-transport advancements including a stronger vacuum, wider transport belt, and improved registration for better performance on more difficult substrates including corrugated boards and heat-sensitive materials.
Designed specifically for backlit signage illuminated by LEDs, 3M’s (www.3Mgraphics.com) Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 allows printers to create bright, more energy-efficient signage. The company reports that Envision FS-1 is nearly twice as light transmissive as 3M Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate, allowing brand owners and graphics manufacturers to create signs that use less energy and require less maintenance without sacrificing performance. The film can be decorated with cut vinyl or direct printing through solvent, UV, or latex inks.
As one of the first major events on the graphic-arts calendar, EFI’s Connect users’ conference provides a glimpse of what the remainder of the year may hold, which could mean good things in 2015 for the printing industry. The event, held in late January at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, drew a record reported attendance of over 1500 customers, channel partners, and industry observers.
FESPA (www.fespa.com) has announced an educational program that will extend to four different corners of the globe this year. Funded through a re-investment of profits from FESPA’s global exhibitions known as the Profit for Purpose initiative, the four congresses are as follows:
Barcelona, Spain, March 10-11 The Southern European Print Congress, entitled “The Wow Effect of Printing,” will be hosted in partnership with FESPA España Association, FESPA France Association, and Italy’s Siotec.
Onyx Graphics, Inc. is expanding its educational offerings to included hands-on classroom training for its latest version of ONYX 11 including ONYX Thrive™ workflow software and ONYX ProductionHouse™, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenter™ RIP software. This is the only ONYX-certified course for end-users who are seeking to gain a complete understanding of the full potential of ONYX RIP software.