Next-gen equipment on show in Sydney

Agfa Australia
Stand F34

Agfa will follow on from what the company has called a highly successful Drupa 2012 with a 90m2 stand at Visual Impact Image Expo (VIIE), on which it will show the Anapurna M2540 for the first time in Australia. The Anapurna M2540 has been credited in the Guinness Book of Records with the production of the world’s longest photo image.

The vendor very recently installed the country’s first Anapurna M2540 into a Queensland customer, and has taken orders for two new 32-head Jeti Titan 3020 machines, which will be installed in the third or fourth quarter this year. Following its showing at Drupa 2012, the Jeti Titan 3020 is now available with light cyan and light magenta, which the company says improves image quality at very high speed. The Anapurna M1600 will also be demonstrated on the stand.

Stand D34, E34

Anitech will use VIIE in Sydney to showcase the KIP C7800 high-speed colour graphics printer. The company describes it as an ultra-low production cost machine, ideal for point-of-sale (POS) applications.

The Seiko 104 banner printer will also be demonstrated regularly on the Anitech stand. It is a high-volume, low-cost banner production system that features Seiko’s bulk ink system. Joining these machines will be Kornit’s Avalanche high-speed, high-volume, DtG, dual-pallet garment printer.

Other solutions on display will be the Jetrix 1212 UV flatbed and Seiko W/V series printers, a Vivid laminator, Trimalco cutter and Graphtec plotter.

Anitech’s consumable and after-sale service teams will be available to discuss LG, Starflex and Drytac media products, warranty programmes, IT and other support facilities.

Australian Visual Solutions
Stand B32

On its 90m2 stand, Australian Visual Solutions (AVS) will demonstrate the latest range of Roland DG printers. Due to popular demand, Yello Tools – a range of signmaking tools from Germany – will again be on display and on sale. AVS says there are new products arriving especially for the show, so sign makers should make a beeline for the stand.

AVS will also launch the range of Titan rigid substrates into the local market. They consist of aluminium composite panel, flute board and an extruded foam board series. The entire range is featured in the new AVS catalogue, which will available on the stand.

AVS has developed a reputation for turning on unusual sales promotions and, just as the company did during the VIIE exhibition on the Gold Coast, there is something special planned for Sydney.

Stand F2

Epson is a Silver Sponsor of the Australian Sign & Graphics Awards 2012, which will be presented at a formal dinner on 25 September during Visual Impact Image Expo.

During the exhibition, Epson will launch its latest solvent printers for the signage and graphics markets in Australia — the 64-inch, roll-fed SureColor S Series. Launched at Drupa in May, the eight- or 10-colour SureColor SC-S70600 supports white and metallic inks simultaneously, the high-speed SureColor SC-S50600 is especially suited for indoor and outdoor signage, and the SureColor SC-S30600 is designed for signage and POS applications. All will be on display on the 90m2 Epson stand.

The SC-S70600 offers the widest colour range of the SureColor Series, including light magenta, light cyan, grey and orange in addition to standard CMYK. It can produce a wide range of large-format prints for exhibition displays, textiles, backlit panels, vehicle wraps, wallpaper and labels. 

The four- and five-colour SC-S50600 caters for print shops with a high throughput in the indoor and outdoor signage sector, printing at speeds of 50m2 per hour with dual thin-film micropiezo printheads that also feature on the SC-S70600. 

Also on the stand will be the new Sure-Color SC-T7000 four-colour printer for CAD, GIS and POS applications, and the Stylus Pro WT7900, designed specifically for proofing flexographic and gravure print jobs that require white as a colour.

Stand D20

HP will showcase the latest in its range of HP Latex printers — the 1.55-metre HP Designjet L26500 printer and the 2.64-metre HP Designjet L28500 printer. The company says these machines allow printers to tap into new business because of their versatility for new applications in both outdoor and indoor scenarios, without sacrificing quality or durability. They can also provide unattended double-sided printing.

The printers use water-based HP Latex inks, so prints are dry and ready to use straight from the machine, reducing turnaround times.

Latex inks will be a feature of the HP stand. The manufacturer will demonstrate the range of printed products that can be created using them, from fabric prints and internal decoration, through retail posters and backlits, to vehicle graphics and banners.

The company claims that latex inks also offer a “green” solution for printers, as they are GreenGuard Children and Schools Certified and meet all AgBB criteria. HP also offers its Eco Solutions Training with its latex ink option for wide-format printing.

Stand C20

At Visual Impact Expo in Sydney, Océ will promote the production relationship between its award-winning Arizona flatbed inkjet printer series and the Océ ProCut cutting system. Billed as the best-selling flatbed printer in the world, this year the Océ Arizona range notched up its 3,000th sale worldwide. More than 100 of those have been sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Steven Badger, Océ product manager for Design Graphics Systems, says that at the trade show, an Arizona 550 GT will be paired with a ProCut 3200L cutting system, and will be powered by Onyx Thrive software.

“The combination offers unmatched versatility for rigid and flexible media applications on white, transparent and coloured media, and is great for such things as signage, architectural fit-outs, exhibition graphics, prototyping, short run digital packaging, art reproduction, point of sale and fascia display panels,” he said.

The Océ Arizona 550 GT will produce more than 40m2 an hour on rigid substrates such as hard and soft foam board, plastic, glass, wood, cardboard, acrylic and styrene and flexible media such as paper, film, vinyl and canvas. It uses Océ’s VariaDot imaging technology, and is able to produce readable type as small as 2pt text in high-definition mode.

The Océ ProCut can be used for trimming rigid substrates up to 50mm thick, and flexible media in rolls or sheets. It can also handle more complex jobs such as contour-cutting, through-cutting, creasing of structural projects and kiss-cutting of production-quantity decals.

Océ will also exhibit the EngView Package Designer Suite CAD software for packaging and 3D point of purchase applications. EngView software is fully integrated with Adobe Illustrator and
has a library of resizable designs for packaging and displays.

Stand A14

Optimus is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2012, and is now supplying services to 21 countries and in seven different languages. The MIS and software developer says that it enjoyed considerable success at both Fespa and Drupa 2012, and has announced a partnership with Pitney Bowes to provide solutions for transactional printers.

Optimus is stepping into the Australian market with a suite of products launched at Fespa and Drupa earlier this year. The company told ProPrint that it generated a lot of interest in its Cloud Mobile and Dash products at Drupa, with a record number of Australian visitors to its stand. 

Optimus Cloud, which was launched at Fespa, won the EDP 2012 award for best web-based software product, adding to the award won by Optimus Dash in 2011 – the EDP award for Best Specialist Application. 

The vendor claims that Optimus Dash has met with worldwide success for wide-format and mixed house print companies, especially for the Sales Enquiry system, which allows for quick production of estimates-quotations for any product, any process and any campaign.

Photo Electronic Services
Stand G26

According to director Paula Taylor, PES has had a very successful first half-year in 2012, with installations of a Durst Rho 161TS-16 roll to roll UV inkjet printer at Hi-Vis Signs and Safety in new South Wales, as well as a Durst Rho 162TS roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer at Barrier Signs. 

A Durst Rho Omega 1 industrial inkjet printer with fine art printing capabilities went to PES customer Resolution Imaging in Victoria.

On its 36m2 stand, Photo Electronics Services will introduce the new Durst Rho P10 Series of 10-picolitre inkjet printers to the Australian market. Designed especially for indoor and outdoor signage, POP material, small to medium-sized packaging and backlit luxury goods signs, the Rho P10 uses Durst’s new Quadro Array 10 printheads capable of printing up to 1,000dpi resolution. These printers also have the option of additional light colours (light cyan and light magenta). The Durst Kappa textile printing range will also be on show.

Positive Camtec
Stand E2

Many in the industry will already know that Positive Camtec recently changed its top management structure. Well-known identity Philip Trumble has been named managing director of the company. 

Positive Camtec is a Gold sponsor of VIIE in Sydney, and is turning out in force on its 90m2 stand. The company will show the SwissQprint Impala UV flatbed printer and the Impact CNC router to the New South Wales public for the first time, and it promises that the printer will be
a highlight of the exhibition, as a prime example of Swiss engineering that sets a new benchmark in the industry. 

The Impala is powered by a Caldera RIP, and boasts a top speed of 190m2 per hour, a 2.5-metre wide roll-to-roll module and an oversize board option with auto indexing. It offers up to nine ink channels that can be configured with options such as white, varnish, orange, green, violet, light black or Pantone spots.

The firm installed its third SwissQprint Impala in Australia at Display Bay in St Leonards. Positive Camtec’s Adriano Gut says: “The SwissQprint printers will have a huge impact on the UV flatbed market here in Australia in our view, as they appeals to screen printers, offset and sign and display people – they all admire it for its high quality, speed and versatility.” VIIE will also be the New South 

Wales debut of the Impact CNC range of affordable routers. On show will be the flagship Tornado 1,500×3,000mm router with Auto Tool change powered by Enroute 5 software.

The Argus SCU1290 laser cutter and engraver will also feature on the Positive Camtec booth, as will the Epson Surecolor SC30600 and Roland VS640. 

Roland DG Australia
Stand D2

According to Roland DG, everyone is looking for genuine feedback and honest opinions these days, and the company is going to do something about it. Roland users will be on its stand ready to chat about products, inks, support and more, so visitors can make an informed, unbiased decision about their next investment, and hear real world experiences from real Roland users.

It wouldn’t be a trade show without the release of a new product or two. Roland will unveil a next-generation production print solution, which the company says is “set to make a big impact on the market. This could just be the solution printers are waiting for to take their business to the next level of productivity.”

Roland DG will also exhibit its diverse range of printers, printer-cutters, vinyl cutters, and engraving machines, including the new VersaArt RE-640 printer, the VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid printer and the VersaStudio BN-20 printer-cutter with white and metallic ink. 

Roland’s sales and technical specialists will be on hand to answer any questions about Roland products and solutions, give advice on any technical issues and suggest helpful tips on day-to-day workflows. Roland DG is a platinum sponsor of Visual Impact Image Expo 2012. 

Comment below to have your say on this story.

If you have a news story or tip-off, get in touch at  

Sign up to the Sprinter newsletter

Leave a comment:

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.