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Vendor Assessment Shows Canon an Inkjet Leader

The IDC MarketScape report assessed the current capabilities and future-looking strategies of major inkjet press vendors—specifically their ability to meet the expected surge in demand for high-speed inkjet production presses. Their evaluation positioned Canon in the Leaders category. Read the IDC MarketScape’s findings.

Appvion launches SafeShield antimicrobial technology

Appvion (Appleton, Wisconsin) has released an “industry-leading antimicrobial coating technology” for a variety of substrates called SafeShield. Basically, SafeShield technology prevents the replication of DNA and new cell formation. Independent laboratory tests have demonstrated up to a 99.99% reduction in non-pathogenic bacteria on the paper’s surface – even after printing and post-processing. The company operates a coating and converting plant in Appleton, Wisconsin and a fully integrated pulp and paper mill in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Graeme Hodson. “Appvion has a strong focus on sustainable specialty coatings and new applications – which is why we are continuously bringing innovative products to…

Sakata INX unveils BSR-Bio environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging

Sakata INX (Schaumburg, Illinois) has introduced BSR-Bio – a new, environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applications. The sustainable ink option is formulated with 20%-30% plant-derived materials, allowing brand owners and printers to benefit from reduced regulatory risks and measurable, reportable CO2 savings. The new ink is an advancement of the original BSR formulation that has experienced success in North America on Barberán Jetmaster Digital Printers. The Jetmaster, manufactured by Barberán S.A., was developed to bring inkjet advantages to the market for not only corrugated boxes, but point-of-purchase display as well. It’s available worldwide together with Sakata INX…

Enfocus releases Switch 2020 Spring

Enfocus, a leader in PDF quality control, advanced PDF editing and workflow automation for the printing and graphic arts industry, has announced the release of Switch 2020 Spring. “Enfocus is committing this release to those who create the workflows that help print service providers build winning print services,” the company said. “Administrators are given more powerful tools and the freedom to design automation that allows businesses to work their own way. Enfocus believes that solutions should not make production rules, users should.” Toon Van Rossum. Product Manager Toon Van Rossum, added: “This release is for the creators, the makers, and…

Konica Minolta earns Greenguard Gold Certification for its AccurioWide inks

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. (Ramsey, New Jersey) has achieved Greenguard Gold Certification for its AccurioWide inks in a move that it said reflects its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. “For decades, Konica Minolta has been committed to sustainability across its global operations. Our environmental action plan, Eco Vision 2050, sets ambitious goals to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve the planet, while enabling customers to do the same,” the OEM added. Products receiving Greenguard Certifications are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous and objective third-party emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and…

The Week That Was (7/27/2020)

On this episode of The Week that Was, RR Donnelley shuttered The Hennegan Co. and released its Q2 financials; FolderWorks installed the AccurioJet KM-1e press; and PRINTING United Alliance experts discuss state, local, and OSHA requirements for face coverings in the workplace.

Print Buying UK vs. US: Undervaluing Added Value

This week’s Podcasts from the Printerverse episode could prove to be a touchy subject for some, as Matthew Parker and Deb Corn talk about charging for added value. Should you be doing it, how are people already doing it, and how do you go about starting if you’re not doing it already?

Koenig & Bauer Durst announces beta testing for VariJET 106 Digital Packaging Press

Koenig & Bauer Durst has announced plans to bring the VariJET 106 to market with the first installation of the single-pass digital printing press at a customer site early next year, prior to a formal unveiling at the ‘rearranged’ drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany from April 20-28, 2021. Targeting the folding carton industry, the much-anticipated B1 6,000 sheet-per-hour VariJET 106 is at the heart of the collaborative development between Koenig & Bauer and Durst. It integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 Offset Press. The Koenig & Bauer Durst VariJET 106. The VariJET 106 combines the strengths…

Agfa to release new version of Arkitex Production workflow software for newspaper printers

Arkitex Production Version 4.0 takes the next step in streamlining and automating newspaper print production workflows to save newspaper printers time and money. The latest version focuses on a tighter integration with press management systems for just-in-time plate delivery, and incorporates multi-tenant capabilities as well as improved planning and tracking. Also, deployment in the cloud guarantees smooth business continuity. Multi-tenant capabilities. Arkitex Production 4.0 supports multiple tenants on a single server, enabling them to access and benefit from the same software modules (such as RIPs, imposition, ink pre-sets, etc.). Each tenant has its own users and permissions, plate layouts and…

Cascades to close its Ontario Containerboard Packaging facility

Cascades’ Containerboard Packaging facility in Etobicoke, is scheduled to close. Charles Malo. Cascades (Kingsey Falls, Quebec), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, had announced that it will close its Etobicoke, Ontario Containerboard Packaging facility as part of the strategic repositioning of its Containerboard platform in Ontario, as well as the company’s continuing global optimization initiatives. “An integral part of our strategic plan is to optimize our operational platform in Ontario. As a result, we’ll be gradually redeploying production from the Etobicoke facility to our other units within the region,” said Charles Malo, President…

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