Ricoh is launching its own aqueous resin (AR) latex ink for the Ricoh Pro L4100 series of large format printers at FESPA Digital, Amsterdam, 8 to 11 March, to address the demands of its fast-growing sign and display graphics customer base.
“We’ll demonstrate how the new eco-friendly, durable, latex ink enhance productivity and image quality,” says Jacques van Wyk, COO of Ricoh SA. “The aqueous resin ink delivers sharper and richer colour on a wider range of substrates. It dries faster and uses less energy to apply. We’ll also show how print service providers can expand their indoor and outdoor sign and display offerings.”
Expanded colour gamut for vibrant results
The new inks are available in CMYK, plus orange and green for an expanded colour gamut. White ink is also available to enhance printing on transparent or dark substrates. The inks are ideal for a wide range of uses, from posters and point of purchase to window applications and outdoor banners. Spot colour simulation with six-colour process printing enables accurate printing of package proofs and other colour-critical projects. High black density and improved glossiness deliver rich and contrasting details, while white ink ensures vivid results.
Three-layer printing with white ink
The ability to print white ink as a foundation colour layer on transparent or dark material enhances the natural vividness of colours. With three-layer printing, where white ink is printed between colours, images are visible on both sides of transparent substrates even though the printing is only on one side. This enables more dramatic and impactful colour with backlit and other transparent signage.
Strong environmental performance
Ricoh’s AR latex inks dry quickly for more efficient production, enabling operators to quickly move to secondary processes such as laminating and installation.
Ricoh’s AR latex inks can be used with a variety of lighter weight and heat-sensitive media because they cold cure at 60 degrees Centigrade. Supported media includes film, coated paper, PET, tarpaulin, PVC, polyester cloth, cotton, wallpaper, transparent vinyl and more. Cold cure also saves money by reducing power consumption.
The new AR latex inks are good for the environment. They have been awarded Greenguard Gold certification by UL Environment in recognition of low chemical emissions and improvement in air quality where the inks are used. It means the AR latex inks are suitable for use in sensitive environments, such as education and medical facilities.
The inks also have minimal volatile organic compounds (VOC) and odour, eliminating the need for special ventilation. Ink is delivered in reusable ink cartridges and eco-friendly ink packs.
Ricoh new AR latex inks deliver excellent image quality and reliability while reducing ink consumption in combination with Ricoh’s print heads and jetting technology that deliver multiple drop sizes as small as four pico-litres.
Print service providers are also able to choose up to eight cartridges for the ideal ink colour configuration for their Pro L4160 series printer at the time of installation.
Multicopy Lansingerland in the Netherlands has been a test site for the ink, using its Ricoh Pro L4160 for a number of applications including indoor and outdoor signage and wall coverings.
Owner Robert de Klijne says: “We are extremely pleased with both the printer and the latex ink. We have experienced problem-free printing on all kinds of media, and that makes our clients and us very happy. The fast drying time streamlines production and has increased our throughput. The colour saturation is better and colour quality is improved over previous solutions. The black is deeper and gives us more contrast. I believe that when we have perfected our processes with this printer and the latex inks, our production capacity will be almost doubled. With the lower curing temperatures, we have less wasted media, particularly with lighter weight or heat-sensitive materials.”
60% business growth
As for the overall impact on his business, De Klijne says: “In the spring of 2015, we set a goal of increasing our signage business by 50%. By the end of the year, it had grown by 60%, in large part due to our Ricoh solutions.”
Once in a great while, an artist comes along whose work is so distinctive, so unusual, so imaginative, and so colourful that it stands out from the crowd, much like a peacock stands out in a colony of penguins. Elizabeth St. Hilaire is such an artist.
I have seen thousands of works of art over the years – in galleries, museums, art shows, hotels, and in private collectors’ homes – but I’ve never seen art like St. Hilaire. Who creates fabulous flamingos, pretty pigs, darling donkeys, colourful Koi, delightful Dalmatians, and charming chickens – all out of bits of torn painted paper? No one. St. Hilaire is one-of-a-kind. Her work, both in style and method, is uniquely hers.
It was her signature bird – the peacock – that first caught my eye. A friend had emailed an image of Peter Peacock, a large collage painting on display in a gallery in Sedona. I’ve seen many peacocks over the years, but never seen a one quite like the one that Beth created with paint and collage.
St. Hilaire says, “I wanted to be loose; I wanted to paint like the impressionists; I wanted my work to have energy, spontaneity, and excitement. I wasn’t achieving what I wanted.
“So I began searching for solutions, for pathways to creating better work. I started incorporating papers into my acrylic paintings, painting over paper, painting under paper, painting with paper. A combination of paper and paint began to loosen things up. Painting over crumpled, glued down tissue paper could not be too detailed or laboured.”
By BJ Gallagher for www.huffingtonpost.com
Image credit: D. Nelson
SC-P20000 combines the highest printing speed with superior quality at 600 x 600 dpi and higher
Epson has introduced the SC-P20000 – a new addition to the SC-P series line-up. Combining new super-fast printing speeds with the same superior quality users expect from the range, it is ideal for creating sharp, colour-accurate large-format photos. Including a range of innovative technologies and features, the printer is both convenient and easy to operate.
Designed for photo labs, photo and copy shops and corporates looking for an in-house solution, the SC-P20000 can print a range of high-quality photos, POS items and signage. Allowing users to benefit from high productivity without compromising on quality, the printer comes with a PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead for producing outstanding results, even in lower quality modes. This is coupled with a high-precision media feed technology, including a newly developed camera-based paper feed stabiliser and media inductive roller system to ensure the printer operates smoothly.
Vernon Mellors, LFP Product Manager, Epson South Africa, said: “We understand that the market has long awaited a successor to our highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 11880 and we are excited to announce the SC-P20000 as the perfect replacement. This printer combines superior printing speeds with the same high output quality that our customers have come to expect, while delivering a range of new features and enhanced usability.”
Expanding on the usual features expected from Epson’s P-Series printers, the SC-P20000 includes a number of new features to help ensure the most accurate, precise and reliable results. For excellent colour reproduction, a new Epson UltraChrome Pro 10-colour ink-set consistently delivers fantastic looking prints. Blacks will be deep and rich thanks to new high density Photo and Matte Black inks. Better gradation with reduced graininess is achieved thanks to K4 and Multi Size Droplet Technology (MSDT), while a new printhead structure means fewer vibrations as well as more accurate ink droplets and dot placement. To ensure consistency without the need for expensive add-ons, the Epson Colour Calibration utility means users can easily manage their colour reproduction.
The SC-P20000 not only produces great results, it makes operation and maintenance clear and simple, allowing users to enjoy hassle-free printing. Getting started is easy with a clearly illustrated user guide and colour LCD Panel. When it comes to handling, changing and switching media, the process is quick and effortless. During printing, a transparent printer cover window and roll cover window allows users to check the status of printing and remaining media. After printing has finished, the position of the printhead means that it can be cleaned by the user, along with the ink cap, to help save on maintenance costs.
User efficiency and workflow can be improved further with an optional Adobe post script module; while optional HDD allows jobs to be reprinted directly from the printer panel, without the need for a PC.
The SC-P20000 will be available from March 2016.
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