Monday, August 20, 2018

Factors Affecting UV Curable Flatbed Inkjet Image Quality

UV curable flatbed inkjet printers were developed to improve upon a number of issues with the traditional printing and mounting of roll-based prints onto rigid substrates. UV curable inkjet image quality was at first inferior to the rich saturated colors of aqueous and eco-solvent inkjet, but it has constantly improved.

There are many factors affecting UV curable inkjet image quality, and this white paper discusses what can cause inferior print results from many perspectives:

  • Inks
  • Substrates
  • Environment
  • Color Management
  • Mechanical

Want to know what’s affecting the quality of your prints? Download “Factors Affecting UV Curable Flatbed Inkjet Image Quality” to learn more.


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SGIA Welcomes Michael C. Buggé as VP, Sales & Business Development

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is pleased to announce Michael C. Buggé Michael C. Buggéis joining its team as Vice President, Sales & Business Development. Buggé most recently served as Acting General Manager and Vice President, Sales, Glunz & Jensen.

“With more than 30 years of successful ventures in the manufacturing of graphic arts prepress equipment for the offset commercial print and flexo packaging markets, Mike brings strategic vision and deep understanding of the printing industry to his new position,” said SGIA President & CEO Ford Bowers.

Buggé will work with SGIA members to enhance the value of their memberships through marketing opportunities including event sponsorships, trade show booth sales and SGIA Journal advertising. He’s particularly enthusiastic about the opportunities arising with the advent of PRINTING United, which will address the convergence of markets across the printing industry.

“I look forward to meeting the SGIA members and growing our partnership by providing additional value and benefits to their businesses,” Buggé said. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to be joining an organization that has the vision to see and understand the merging of all printing technologies.”

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Northeast Color Embraces Innovation

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is now shipping its most-advanced hybrid flatbed/roll Northeast Color VUTEk h3superwide-format printer technology to date – groundbreaking new VUTEk® h series printers that give customers higher reliability, better serviceability and greater ease of use, as well as increased functionality, quality, productivity and expandability. Environmental graphics production specialist Northeast Color recently became the first company to install the h series, with a VUTEk h3 model operating in the company’s Portsmouth, N.H., production facility.

The new printer platform, which was developed by EFI’s global R&D teams from the ground up, is designed for high-volume production of premium-quality signage and graphics applications. First shown at the 2018 FESPA Global trade show in Germany, the 126-inch-wide h series builds on EFI’s legacy as the leading provider of sustainable “cool cure” production LED inkjet printers while establishing new benchmarks for productivity and profit opportunity. The h series is available in two models. The EFI VUTEk h3 prints up to 74 boards per hour and offers eight-color and optional four-color printing modes plus white, as well as five-layer print capability in a single pass.

The printer is a highly extensible platform as well, one that gives users the option of increasing throughput capabilities as needs demand. The VUTEk h3 model can be upgraded to an EFI VUTEk h5 model on site. With the upgrade, users can get even greater speed and capacity – up to 47% higher productivity with top print speeds of 109 boards per hour.

A new platform for growth with even better color and faster throughput

The printer series’ first user, Northeast Color, specializes in environmental branding, signage, and graphics for the franchise industry. The VUTEk h3 will make Northeast Color more efficient on stock inventory items the company produces while also opening the door to new products requiring higher-end imaging.

Northeast Color also operates a pair of EFI VUTEk UV hybrid printers, and when the company sought to expand its business to address growing print capacity needs, Northeast Color President Jalmar Dijkstra saw a unique opportunity based on the VUTEk h series’ strong capabilities.

“We were looking at printers from EFI and other manufacturers when EFI presented us with the option of being the first installation site for the h3,” Dijkstra said. “It is the next step for us in terms of offering our clients better quality and higher capacity.

“The name of the game in our market is volume,” he added. “A single franchise client can easily represent hundreds of locations, and at any given time there are multiple franchise sites that need to switch out and install new graphics. Our newest printer is designed to give us more agility and greater technical abilities to better serve our customers by producing even higher volumes of work on a wide range of substrates.”

“Northeast Color turned out to be an ideal first site for our new h series,” said Ken Hanulec, co-general manager, EFI Inkjet Display Graphics. “The company has a strong understanding of EFI and our total technology offering, plus Northeast Color’s high production volumes and product diversity will put the printer through its paces to ensure it exceeds market requirements for high-quality, high-volume production graphics printing.”

The printer series – the first hybrid VUTEk LED printer offering 1,200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution – features new high-velocity 7-picoliter grayscale printhead imaging for precision dot placement and consistency from print to print at high production speeds. VUTEk h series printers can run high volumes on a broad range of rigid and flexible substrates up to 2 inches thick at full rated speeds thanks to automated material handling options to meet nearly any production need.

“We could tell the h3 model would really be a fit for us because of the quality it offers with 7-picoliter-drop imaging and its phenomenal speeds,” said Christopher Shaw, production manager, Northeast Color. “For example, we have a repeat job printing wood grain images on PVC, and we can produce 40 to 45 pieces of that job in a single shift on our current UV-inkjet printers; with the VUTEk h3, we will be able to do that in half the time.”

Faster, easier maintenance and new print management tools

The VUTEk h series platform comes equipped with ImageEdge technology for fast and easy printhead replacement; automated table and carriage alignment; and a camera-based vision system for subpixel alignment, printhead density balance and step and bi-directional set up. A new, modular drop-in ink delivery system design eliminates ink waste and provides fill-while-printing functionality for continuous productivity.

EFI VUTEk h series printers also have a significantly improved user interface with touch-screen control monitors on both the input and delivery sides. The printers are part of a complete, integrated system available only from EFI for world-class production workflow automation and production management. The latest-version EFI Fiery® proServer Premium digital front end (DFE) used with the printers combines faster RIPing with enhanced color management and screening features.

The new VUTEk series provides a technology advantage for Northeast Color, a company that has built a strong reputation as a complete environmental graphics provider for franchises. Color accuracy and high-volume output on a broad range of substrates are especially important, as the company serves as a “brand custodian,” taking responsibility for nearly everything franchises may need in terms of signage, graphics and other décor pieces – including floors, furniture wallcoverings and ceiling tiles.

Northeast Color’s client roster includes successful, growing national franchises in the health club and education spaces, and the newly installed printer will help meet capacity needs when those clients add new locations or execute new re-branding strategies.

Given the often-complex shipping and fulfillment requirements that come with supporting numerous franchise locations, Northeast Color has established a highly organized and efficient business and production workflow using an EFI Midmarket Print Suite with Pace™ MIS/ERP software. The company’s Suite also features shipping and web-to-print components, and the entire workflow is connected with the EFI Fiery proServer DFEs used to drive the company’s digital printers for more accurate, efficient production scheduling and management based on incoming job workloads and client delivery dates.

EFI VUTEk h series printers are available now from EFI and authorized EFI VUTEk distributors.

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Becoming artists of change as we age can help us live with renewed joy and vitality

Indira Gandhi said, “Whenever you step forward you are bound to disturb something.”  If we can say one thing for sure about the decades following our 60th birthday, we can say they are filled with change. Some we anticipate. Some catch us unaware.  We find that we must leave behind old ways of doing things when faced with the incredible burst of technology in our lives. At the same time, we are also entering into an extended life-span.  What used to be considered “old age” is now in the prime of life.

The greatest talent we can develop for this expanded time of experience is to become committed to being an “artist of change.”  While there may be an outline for our mature years, we add the color and texture. Some people may choose to color within the established lines and others may want a scribbled, undefined life.  The art of living in a new age is our choice. In a world that values youth and extremes, it can be easy to devalue our years and try to imitate the young. Accepting the reality of our world today is important in order to learn to thrive within it.  So, rather than waste our time trying to be “younger” let’s enhance it and explore the richness of our longevity by learning to live in a way we’ve never experienced before. This takes knowing ourselves; our level of well-being, our interest and our commitment.

We live in a field of infinite possibilities. Yogi Berra was right when he said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”  Lifelong learning is the mode for the future.  As you take on aging with a new attitude you can expect to disturb not only your own beliefs and lifestyle but also the beliefs and expectations of some of the people around you. You are in good company; many people are taking on aging not as an enemy but as a new and exciting adventure.  It is never too late to build a thriving lifestyle.  Physical ability has little to do with being involved — vitality does! Looks have little to do with beauty — joy in living does!  Age has little to do with youthfulness — attitude is everything!  Be the artist of your life in your own style.

The Rev. Linda McNamar is a Laguna Woods Village resident. 

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Orange County football defensive player of the week: Brendan Hammitt, Canyon

The Register’s Orange County football defensive player of the week:

Brendan Hammitt


His team lost to Huntington Beach 41-15, but Hammitt turned in an excellent performance Friday. The junior outside linebacker had two sacks, an interception, caused a fumble and had four solo tackles, including one for a safety. Hammitt (5-10, 185) added two assisted tackles. The Comanches play at San Juan Hills on Friday.

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