FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul discusses today's UV-curing technologies.
FEATURE: If there has been one area which has largely remained faithful to solvent-based printing to date, it's the ability of this ink chemistry to be able to retain its flexibility across all shapes and surfaces.
FEATURE: The difference between UV-curable and solvent-based technologies goes further than the ink chemistries.
OPINION: 1) Because they're easier and cheaper to manage from an environmental standpoint With solvent-based systems, complying with the regulations governing the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be expensive and time consuming.
FEATURE: If you're content and solidly established in the business of making fast turnaround, cheap and colourful signs for long-lasting outdoor use, you probably don't want to bother with UV-curable.
FEATURE: We recently conducted a series of tests of UV-curable printers. One of the things we wanted to understand was what companies mean when they say a new machine has 'a wider colour gamut'.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at the applications and advantages for clear varnish in ink-jet printers.
NEWS: Exhibition display specialist Complete Studio Graphics says its new UV Lightbar from Colorific has saved it 'significant' man hours and production costs.
NEWS: Eindhoven-based Exposize has helped furniture designer Moooi create a big impression at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile exhibition in Milan with superwide photographic backdrops printed on its new EFI VUTEk GS5000r.
NEWS: Screen is to launch its Truepress JetW1632UV printer commercially into the European market and hold an open house event in the Netherlands later this month.
NEWS: Northumberland-based B Print and Display has installed a second of the 3.2m UV-curable flat-beds from HP.
FEATURE: The ability of digital flat-beds to produce on corrugateds cost-effectively has opened more doors for PSPs – but what does it mean for Fujifilm and its R&D? Barney Cox elucidates.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul delves into the latest developments in the eye-catching world of metallic inks – including new UV-curable formulations.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul reflects on the year just passed and looks ahead to 2013, debating what platforms could be of interest to wide-format print houses looking to invest this year.
NEWS: Third-party ink supplier Colorific says its recent series of briefings on its new UV Light ink technology have received 'extremely positive' feedback from the more than 20 end users who attended.
NEWS: Fujifilm has added four new models to the recently-launched Acuity Advance Select series with four, six or eight independent ink channels in two flat-bed sizes.
FEATURE: Ink-jet expert Sophie Matthews-Paul gives a thorough walkthrough of the new technology shaking up UV-curing wide-format production – LED curing.
NEWS: EFI is aiming to make twice the impact at Sign Istanbul next month with two dealers representing its solutions, including new partner Fleksmedia.
NEWS: Perfect Colours has become the second distributor in the UK for the Omega range of UV-curable wide-format machines from Durst.
NEWS: CMYUK is to hold a series of open days to help PSPs learn 'all about point-of-sale creation, from start to finish'.
NEWS: Fujifilm has launched the latest addition to its Acuity family of wide-format UV-curable printers at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.
PRODUCT PROFILE: The lower ranks of the UV-curable market might be well served with printers but Fujifilm's addition brings some advanced features into a sensibly priced engine.
NEWS: Hull printer SignsDisplay.com has become to first UK PSP to take delivery of an Agfa :Jeti Titan UV-curable printer.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at the maturity of the superwide-format market and analyses the versatility of today's 5m printers.
NEWS: Neschen has extended its popular solvoprint easy range of self-adhesive films with a new, thicker and removable formula.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced it will bring to market a new grand-format UV-curable printer this autumn, the Mimaki JFX500-2131.
PRODUCT PROFILE: In her latest road test, Sophie Matthews-Paul tries out the EFI R3225 3.2m wide-format printer.
NEWS: International Greetings says its new Roland VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter has 'transformed' its workflow 'beyond recognition'.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul outlines the advantages of this interim process as part of the UV curing cycle.
NEWS: EFI has recorded a 93 percent increase in ink volume for the Jetrion digital label press market in Q1 2012 compared to the same period last year.
NEWS: EFI has launched a new addition to its VUTEk range capable of high-quality output at production speeds on its booth at drupa, it says.
NEWS: Fujifilm has commenced its showing at drupa with a raft of product launches and technological developments.
NEWS: EFI has unveiled the latest addition to its VUTEk series of wide-format printers, and an extended offering in its cloud-based software solutions at drupa 2012.
NEWS: Sigmajet says it experienced 'huge amounts of visitors' to its stand at FESPA Digital 2012.
FEATURE: FESPA's visitors last week were invited to explore the wider opportunities of printed matter, and while a couple of key names were absent there were some valuable new additions to the exhibitor roster.
NEWS: Robert Horne has sold an HP Scitex FB500 direct-to-substrate wide-format printer to Reading-based Glendining Signs.
NEWS: Fujifilm has announced the commercial availability of its new UV-curable printer, the Acuity LED 1600, which is making its international debut at FESPA Digital this week.
NEWS: Mimaki has unveiled new latex inks, including the first white latex ink on the market.
NEWS: The first public demonstration of the new Virtu Quantum wide-format digital ink-jet printer from Polytype will take place at drupa, it has been announced.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at the importance of traffic signs.
NEWS: RMC Digital Print has announced it is Europe's first print company to purchase an EFI VUTEk GS featuring the ability to produce double-sided flex-face skins.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul gives her review of the past twelve months in wide-format print and what this may mean for 2012.
NEWS: Digital print solutions provider EFI's VUTEk GS3250lx has won a Product of the Year award at SGIA Expo 2011.
NEWS: Brothers Darren and Lance Britnell have begun a new print enterprise together in High Wycombe, UK.
NEWS: Roland DG and Screen UK have announced a partnership which sees the Roland VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-curable wide-format printer incorporated into Screen's product range.
NEWS: Ink developer Bordeaux Digital PrintInk and Trend are to demonstrate a range of alternative inks at Viscom Italia.
NEWS: The latest announcements from HP include its newest Scitex industrial printer in the form of the FB7600.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics has chosen sign and display solutions provider Spandex to distribute its :Anapurna range of UV-curable wide-format digital printers.
NEWS: Inca Digital has doubled the manufacturing volume of its flagship series of UV-curable flat-bed wide-format digital printers, Onset.
FEATURE: Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at how digital processes have brought value to the promotional goods sector.
NEWS: UV-curing system designer Integration Technology Limited and industrial ink-jet manufacturer ITW Trans Tech have been featured on the US television series World's Greatest!...
NEWS: CMYUK Digital has announced an exclusive arrangement with manufacturer Printing Carpets.
FEATURE: It might be that metallics are helping to protect traditional methods from the digital onslaught.
FEATURE: Why don't we have metallic UV-curable inks in the wide-format market? It's a good question, but not one which is particularly straightforward to answer.
NEWS: Roland has released a compact UV-curable printer suitable for promotional items as well as labels, photographs, logos and industrial marking applications.
FEATURE: Consolidation – that's the word I'd use to describe this year's FESPA Digital, and the atmosphere throughout has been alive and buzzing.
NEWS: This week sees Durst demonstrate its new continuous UV-curable ink-jet printer, the Rho 1000L, at the FESPA Digital exhibition.
NEWS: EFI says its new superwide-format UV-curable VUTEk machine is set to convert users of solvent-based technology to UV-curable printing.
NEWS: Superwide-format display producer Digital Sign Services has installed a 5m EFI VUTEk GS5000r roll-fed, UV-curable machine, making it the first in the UK to invest in the printer.
NEWS: Integration Technology Ltd (ITL), a UV-curing systems developer, is to forge a strategic alliance with German UV technology supplier IST Metz.
NEWS: Digital Print Innovations (DPI) is to supply InkTec's Jetrix UV-curable printers, capable of 'a vast range of applications', it has been announced.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics has announced the latest member of its :M-Press family of high-speed UV-curable production printers.
NEWS: Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) has introduced its N Class array to its LEDZero Solidcure curing system.
NEWS: It has been announced that trade supplier Spandex will be the sole UK distributor for Durst's new UV ink-jet printer, the Omega 1.
NEWS: The new Acuity Advance and Advance X2 from Fujifilm will offer 'functional improvements and enhanced value' for users, the company says.
NEWS: Océ has launched an upgrade to its 'best-selling' series of UV-curable wide-format printers in the Arizona 360 GT and 360 XT flat-beds, which incorporate enhancements such as lower-energy curing and a new style of table top.
NEWS: Full service agency RJDA has purchased the 2.4 x 1.2m Agfa :Jeti 1224 UV from the manufacturer's stand at Sign and Digital UK.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics has announced the launch of the :Jeti 5048 UV XL, a 5m UV-curable engine which will be launched at FESPA Digital to complement its existing range.
FEATURE: There seem to be arguments and discussions going on about which is the most superior ink.
NEWS: Digital printer manufacturer Polytype has stated it will place an emphasis on applications at its stand at FESPA Digital in May.
NEWS: Mimaki has announced a new clear ink has been added to its LED UV hard inksets, which the company says will add 'creativity and value' to jobs completed on its ink-jet printer range by producing glossy and matt finish effects.
NEWS: Ink manufacturer InkTec has announced it will hold the official UK launch of its Jetrix UV-curable flat-bed printer range at Sign and Digital 2011 this April.
PRODUCT PROFILE: Since creating quite a stir when launched at FESPA in 2009, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer has managed to raise a further eyebrow or two among print service providers (PSPs) seeking to pack some extra punch to their large-format offering.
FEATURE: Sometimes I find it a little hard to believe that white ink has only been with us for a few years.
NEWS: Grapo says its newly launched Manta Slim digital printer was well received at Viscom Frankfurt this month, describing the entry-level machine as 'the star of the show'.
FEATURE: Since the beginning, in the late 90s, ink-jet UV printers have been considered a skeleton key to customise everything, print everywhere, and replace screen-printing across almost all existing industries and applications.
PRODUCT PROFILE: The Mimaki UJF-3042 is a flat-bed LED UV-curable A3 printer, with adjustable head height that allows product up to 50mm thick to be printed to.
PRODUCT PROFILE: The EFI Rastek T1000 is a powerful example of an entry-level and mid-range UV-curable printer which uses a strong vacuum table and greyscale print-heads to bring photographic quality on a true flat-bed platform.
PRODUCT PROFILE: The Truepress Jet2500UV has always been a versatile performer.
NEWS: This week's Viscom Frankfurt exhibition is featuring the new Gerber CAT UV cationic printer from Gerber Scientific Products, the company has announced.
NEWS: Agfa has released a new wide-format print solution – the :Jeti 3020 Titan – to its line-up, which it describes as 'truly future-proof'.
NEWS: A flat-to-roll unit is now available from Agfa Graphics for users of its :Jeti 1224 UV HDC (high-definition colour) UV-curable 2.4m printer.
NEWS: Wiltshire print and design house Superior Creative has stated it has grown into the wide-format market following the addition of an Inca Spyder V from Fujifilm to its pressroom last year.
NEWS: Grapo's South African distributor Arctec has announced it will showcase the Octopus II high-speed UV printer at Africa Print this September.
NEWS: Roland says the newly-launched wider version of its VersaUV print-and-cut solution machine 'opens up the market for more versatile UV-curable applications', including fine art.
NEWS: Agfa Graphics has extended its wide-format digital ink-jet printer range with the :Anapurna 2500LED, which features LED UV curing and a 2.5m flat-bed and roll-fed platform.
NEWS: Grapo Technologies was among the exhibitors at FESPA Munich in June, where it displayed additions to its ‘affordable’ hybrid UV printer, the Shark.
NEWS: Cameo Photography has installed an Acuity HD 2504 from Fujifilm in order to expand its digital imaging offering.
NEWS: Mutoh has released a new digital UV ink-jet printer aimed at producers of road traffic, safety and information signs.