Variable Data & Digital printing

Kodak celebrated founder day with Print for Good programme

On July 12, Kodak employees celebrated their founder, George Eastman, on his 163rd birthday with an event supporting his philosophy and philanthropy through the company’s Print for Good programme. This global initiative supports communities throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East with book drives, book donations, and the printing of materials and supplies in an effort to increase literacy worldwide through print.

The Rochester event is part of a month-long book drive where Kodak employees and Eastman Business Park tenants have been asked to donate new or gently used books in support of local literacy programs focused on high-needs neighborhoods and schools. This year’s contributions will be donated to the Urban League of Rochester and the Scott Spino Foundation.

Kodak’s Print for Good initiative is an overall effort to drive the print industry in a socially conscious and environmentally friendly way, including the development and use of more sustainable print processes.

New installations by Ricoh

Ricoh India has recently installed Ricoh Pro C9100 at Crazy Offset Printers, Kurukshetra; Bhawna Trading, Delhi; and Koral Graphics Alleppy. The company has also installed Ricoh Pro C7100 at APR Digital Press, Tirupur and Agrawal Press and Process, Ranchi.

The Ricoh Pro C9100 Series can integrate into a hybrid workflow and delivers greater flexibility, superb print quality and higher productivity with faster turnaround performance. It compliment offset printers in terms of quality and provide variable data with greater media handling capability. This makes high volume jobs cost effective and highly efficient whilst introducing personalisation and customisation options simply not available with offset technology.

While, Ricoh Pro C7100 can produce up to 90 colour pages per minute for faster transitions between jobs. Users can use the 5th colour station to offer more types of output at a lower price point and can create images with up to 1200 x 4800 dpi resolution to impress customers. It can print on more media, including traditional paper products, synthetics, envelopes, textures and more.

Shutterfly and HP Indigo help customers personalize and print what they love

HP Inc recently announced an historic deal with Shutterfly, the world’s leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality personalized products and services, adding a second phase of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses and naming HP as its preferred digital press provider as they expand their lead as the world’s leading digital print service provider. The announcement comes just a year after Shutterfly acquired a first phase of 25 HP Indigo 12000 Digital Presses, making its combined order the largest deal by far for HP Indigo. 

“We are seeing an incredible renaissance in digital printing. People click what they like, but print what they love. The power of HP’s digital print technologies opens new markets, applications and possibilities for our top customers like Shutterfly,” said Enrique Lores, president, Imaging & Printing Business, HP Inc. “We are seeing enormous momentum in our digital printing and graphics business as more companies discover the power of print to reinvent connections. Shutterfly leads the market in high-quality photo based printed products and we are incredibly pleased to be part of that success.”

Shutterfly will use its new fleet of digital presses to produce a range of high-quality, personalized products and gifts including photo books, calendars, custom stationery, cards and keepsakes. The 29-inch format HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press enables production of these products through offset matching digital color with true photo quality, high productivity, and wide versatility on an unmatched range of media including synthetic, metalized and canvas applications. The new HP Indigo presses will be installed in time to help Shutterfly manage the annual boom of photo-based gift giving for the holiday season.

The deal also marks the biggest-ever competitive win for HP Indigo, with Shutterfly’s decision to make HP its preferred digital press provider and replace presses from an existing vendor.

“At Shutterfly, our mission is to help people share life’s joy.  Our customers trust us with their most treasured memories, and count on us to deliver the best quality in the industry,” said Dwayne Black, senior vice president, chief operations officer, Shutterfly, Inc.

Shutterfly will also use HP PrintOS capabilities for its full HP Indigo fleet to seamlessly harness and print its products.

HP launches learning academy in Singapore

Digital printing machinery manufacturer HP Inc has unveiled a new multimillion-dollar Graphics Solutions Service (GSS) Learning Academy dedicated to providing enhanced professional development and training to accelerate the digital transformation of the printing industry across Asia Pacific and Japan.

Official opening of the new HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy in SingaporeAt a time when printing is rapidly evolving from analog to digital, training and development on the latest digital transformation technologies are vital for print services providers and professionals in the print industry. The HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy will provide a highly effective learning experience for over 1000 customers, production managers, engineers and operators from across the region, over the next 12 months.

Pee Beng Kong, director of electronics, Singapore Economic Development Board said, “We are pleased that HP has chosen Singapore to set up its Learning Academy. The Learning Academy will help to upskill and equip our workforce with capabilities in digital printing.”

The HP Graphics Solutions Service Learning Academy will develop production managers, operators, service engineers and application engineers through a blended learning model. The curriculum of over 50 courses includes on-site hands-on-training, self-paced modular eLearning, instructor-led webinars and online assessment tools. Participants in the Academy will have the opportunity to attend general training courses that create a deeper awareness about the enormous potential of digital printing and how it can empower businesses to do more, as well as product training courses such as HP Indigo operator level 1, level 2 and color management.

The training facility includes the latest HP Indigo Digital Presses for hands-on training workshopsThe 1,700 square-metre training facility at the HP Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Tuas has been renovated and includes seven training classrooms, hands-on Digital Printing Press workshops, remote monitoring and diagnostic command centre, and a next-generation product and solution training room. The facility also showcases the latest printing solutions including HP Indigo Digital Presses, HP Sign & Display Presses and HP DesignJet Printers.

“As we work to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere, we recognise that we are at the threshold of a huge digital transformation,” said Michael Boyle, general manager, Graphic Solutions Business, HP Asia Pacific & Japan. “HP is committed to providing the necessary skills, development and support that will empower businesses, brands and print service providers across Asia Pacific and Japan to take advantage of the growth in digital printing market.”

HP is committed to leading the analog-to-digital transformation across Asia Pacific and Japan by reinventing not only the approach to print but also providing critical skills development and knowledge transfer.

Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS C1085 witnesses seven deployments in Eastern India in 2016-17

Konica Minolta has witnessed record seven deployments of its industry leading bizhub PRESS C1085 digital industrial printing solution in Eastern India in 2016-17. Bizhub PRESS C1085 is compatible with latest global standards and supports numerous industry standards as well as high quality colour management. With JDF support, APPE, Pantone, industry-standard Fiery and Konica Minolta controller, it comes as a state-of-the-art model for the printing industry.

Complimenting Konica Minolta for its cutting edge printing solutions Barun Maiti from HS Laxmi Graphics Innovation, Kolkata comments, “bizhub PRESS C1085 has helped us garner a host of new clients with varied time requirements. The quality and efficiency of the printing solution is definitely one among the best in the market.''

While, Mohit Sarda from Print Ask, Siliguri added, ''It’s truly a holistic solution which caters to end to end requirements of a printing business. Its deployment has not only helped us to serve our clients better, but has also helped our in-house team gain more proficiency in its work.''

Sudhir Singhal from Systematic Designers and Printers Pvt Ltd from Siliguri, commented, “I highly recommend this machine to all the printing SMEs as the quality and efficiency of the printing solution and one of the best in the digital printing market. I highly recommend this machine to printing businesses who are looking forward to strengthen their production.”

Another happy customer Deepak Basak of Eastern Publication House, Dimapur commented, “We are very happy with bizhub PRESS C1085 its print results, high quality, productivity and ability to perform high volume operations and helped us garner a host of new clients with different time bounds.”

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