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1 Jul, 2019

Today, Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX 19, the newest version release of the company’s industry-leading wide-format RIP and print workflow software. Introducing the Spark Engine and DeviceLink+, ONYX 19 brings new cutting-edge technologies so print service providers can go bigger, bolder and beyond the limitations of wide-format print for all print applications including soft signage and textile. The Spark Engine is a new performance platform bringing RIP speed increases up to 400 percent and printer performance increases up to 200 percent. DeviceLink+ is an all-new system of easy-to-use colour management controls to achieve consistent colour across an entire site without the need to read in new swatches or use a colour measurement device

“We’re amazed at the response ONYX 19 received at our FESPA announcement last month,” said Bryan Manwaring, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “Customers are already seeing the Spark Engine at work through increased production capacity, while DeviceLink+ is creating new possibilities to achieve outstanding colour output that can all be automated at the click of a button.”

ONYX 19 software also introduces new Step and Repeat functionality for a 600 percent performance increase; new dot pattern technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications including soft signage and textile; adds nest trim box features for weeding and finishing print and cut jobs; and is the first and only solution to provide the ability to build iccMAX v5 profiles. Coupled with the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) 5.1, ONYX 19 is a winning combination for any print application.

Highlights of ONYX 19 include:

  • Advanced compression algorithms in the Spark Engine increase RIP speeds up to 400 percent
  • New threading pipeline in the Spark Engine improves printer performance up to 200 percent
  • New rendering technology in the Spark Engine increases Step and Repeat performance up to 600 percent
  • Colour management automation controls using DeviceLink+
  • Consistent colour across devices using DeviceLink+
  • iccMAX v5 profiling for next-generation colour output accuracy
  • New Dot Pattern Technology for the smoothest output on all wide-format print applications
  • Automation for Step and Repeat jobs for seamless workflows
  • Print Isolation Technology to ensure print production continues in the event of printer failure
  • Nest trim box to save time weeding and finishing jobs

Availability

ONYX 19 software – covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow, and ONYX RIP products including ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter – is now available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase.


About Onyx Graphics, Inc.

Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality. Its passion for delivering superb color led to the development of ONYX Colour, Onyx Graphics’ own colour engine optimised specifically for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive, and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software. For more information, visit www.onyxgfx.com.

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3 Jun, 2019

Working together just got simpler. Meet HP’s app-based and cloud connected multi-function printer portfolio designed for the architecture, engineering and design community. With seamless set-up and cloud-based connectivity, the portfolio is designed to print, scan and copy from virtually anywhere, with smart apps, interfaces and overall fewer “clicks” to print. Easy and direct “ready when you are” printing means teams of all sizes can better collaborate and move projects forward faster and more efficiently.

The new HP DesignJet T1600 printers and T2600 MFPs, and HP DesignJet XL 3600 MFP are the latest additions to the world’s most secure Large Format printers.1 HP’s security technology provides the best network protection and keeps the fleet secure, to help prevent print related data loss that can cost $400,000 on average per year.2

HP is also introducing HP PageWide XL 3900 to help teams boost efficiency. Completing the portfolio are new printers for small business and home. The new HP DesignJet T100 and T500 are compact and designed to complement smaller workspaces requiring faster data and mobile communications.  “7 out of 10 architects are being regularly interrupted during work to print for colleagues.3 This seemingly small challenge means there is friction that is holding them back from the next great project,” says Guayente Sanmartín, general manager and global head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “HP is leading the transformation in Large Format for small to medium-size businesses so the workplace printing experience feels as smart and easy as it does at home, enhanced with security for peace-of-mind.”

The new HP DesignJet T1600 and T2600, HP DesignJet XL 3600 MFP, and HP PageWide XL 3900 MFP features:

HP DesignJet T2600

HP DesignJet T1600 and T2600 – Engineered for collaboration

  • Scan
    Capturing changes is easier than ever with background removal, skew and quick sets.

  • Easy and direct printing 
    The new 15.6” smart interface allows easy access to project folders or USB files directly from the touchscreen of the device with a few clicks.

  • HP Click
    The HP Click printing software allows for easy printing of project sets and PDF documents, with two times less clicks. 4
  • HP Smart
    The HP Smart app enables printing and scanning capabilities for individuals on the go, using mobile devices.
  • Speed
    With printing speeds up to 170 A1/h, project delivery times unleash superior performance and completion rates.
  • Automatic Stacking
    The printers provide ready to use multi-size stacking from A4 to A0 – up to 100 A1.
  • Security
    HP Secure Boot and Whitelisting keep your network protected, while HP JetAdvantage Security Manager keeps fleets secure.

HP DesignJet XL 3600

HP DesignJet XL 3600 MFP – A new standard with the most immediate and robust MFP in the market

The HP DesignJet XL 3600 MFP was designed to create a new standard of reliability. It is optimised to deliver immediate results through the fastest first page out in the market, so that designers do not need to wait in front of the printer.

  • Sustainable hardware
    The printer is comprised of 25% recycled parts.5
  • Lower running costs
    The printer is designed to reduce running costs, with up to 10 times less energy consumption than comparable LED printers.6
  • Reduced footprint
    A good fit for the office and environment, the printer is more compact than previous models and produces 30% less footprint.7
  • Silent operation
    With noise levels reaching a maximum of 42db, the printer operates silently to complement office spaces.8
  • Easier media handling
    The integrated top stacker holds up to 100 pages. 2 spindle-less drawers enable automatic media loading.
    2-in-1 features consolidate monochrome and colour printing into a single device.
  • Security
    HP Secure Boot and Whitelisting keep your network protected, while HP JetAdvantage Security Manager keeps fleets secure.

HP pageWide XL 3600

HP PageWide XL 3900 MFP Printer – New addition to the production portfolio

To complement the production portfolio for technical departments, HP is also introducing HP PageWide XL 3900 to help teams work even faster, save costs and consolidate two devices into one with mono and colour printing.

  • Fast access to prints
    HP Click and intuitive scanning workflows enable impressive production delivery, with both instant and sustained speeds at 6 pages per minute and easy submission.9
 
  • Keeps costs under control
    The HP Smart Tracker software uses half the power consumption and tracking capabilities, running at lower cost than LED. 
  • Device consolidation
    Combining colour technology and workflow efficiency, the printer delivers stunning prints with vivid colours, crisp lines, fine detail, and smooth grayscale that beat LED.10

HP DesignJet T530

HP DesignJet T100/T500 – Simplified large format printing designed with a smaller footprint

Ideal for architecture studios and AEC offices preferring a smaller footprint, the HP DesignJet T100/T500 printers are HP’s most affordable plotters, offering a convenient solution for on-demand printing. The printers are also the first DesignJet plotters capable of automating repetitive workflows.

  • Built-in small format tray
    The 2-1 built-in A3 and A4 paper trays enable seamless printing of quality drawings. 
  • HP Bright Office Inks
    HP Bright Office Inks allow for high quality printing on a wide range of applications, including sharp lines and precise details with up to 2400 DPIs and original HP-GL/2 compatibility. 
  • HP Click
    The HP Click function makes PDF printing simple with just one click, optimising media usage and costs while achieving error free printing for projects including batch printing. 
  • HP Poster App
    The HP Poster App is an easy online design tool with thousands of free templates which can be used to create and print professional posters. 
  • HP Smart
    The HP Smart app allows mobile printing through smartphone devices, with easy access to files saved on online repositories. The Smart Task feature allows printing, uploading files to cloud, and sharing with relevant teams through email in one process. 

Pricing and Availability
Information on country availability, pricing, and retail destinations vary region by region.11


About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

1 Applicable to the HP DesignJet T1700 Printer series, HP DesignJet Z9⁺ PostScript® Printer series, and HP DesignJet Z6 PostScript® Printer series, HP DesignJet XL 3600 Multifunction Printer series, HP DesignJet T2600 Multifunction Printer series, and HP DesignJet T1600 Printer series. Advanced embedded security features are based on HP review of 2019 published embedded security features of competitive printers, as of February 2019.


2 Quocirca, Global Print Security Landscape (2019). According to Quocirca, “Print related data breaches are frequent and costly. 11% of all security incidents are print related, equating to an average of nine print-related incidents per year. 59% of these lead to data losses, costing an average of £313,000 per-annum to deal with. Other impacts include lost productivity and revenue.” For more information, please see: https://quocirca.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Quocirca-Print-Security-Feb-2019-Final-Web.pdf


3 HP Internal Research (2018). One of the main learnings resulting from the research carried out by the Customer Experience and Design team in relation to workgroup environments was that in 76% of architectural offices, people with large format printing needs ask content creators to print for them monthly, creating a potential source of conflict within the office. The study was done with a total sample of 27 customers including: a c-space survey, call interviews, in-house usability tests and field visits.


4 Based on comparable submission printing software from competition. Printing a 5-page project of PDF Mixed job set containing A1 size landscape and portrait documents.


5 See product data sheet for more information.


6 Based on comparable printers using LED technology and capable of printing 4-6 D/A1 pages per minute and which represent more than 70% of the share of low-volume LED printers in the US and Europe according to IDC as of November 2018. Conclusions based on internal HP testing for a use scenario printing a 100% print-coverage plot on a 914mm plain paper roll, while an original plot is scanned, resulting of an average of 120W. This measure is used to obtain the safety CB Report Certificate under IEC 60950-1.


7 Based on comparable printers using LED technology and capable of printing 4-6 D/A1 pages per minute and which represent more than 40% of the share of low-volume LED printers in the US and Europe according to IDC as of November 2018. Measure done considering operational footprint (with the media drawer open).


8 Based on comparable printers using LED technology and capable of printing 4-6 D/A1 pages per minute and which represent more than 70% of the share of low-volume LED printers in the US and Europe according to IDC as of November 2018. Most quiet operation according to internal HP testing of operation mode and ready/sound mode sound pressure (plain paper, line drawing, normal mode) compared to published specifications of competitive printers and following ISO 7779.


9 See product data sheet for more information.


10 For output produced with HP PageWide XL printers and LED printers from different manufacturers and that represent greater than 50% of the annual shipments of LED printers in North America as of 2018 according to IDC. For testing criteria, see http://www.hp.com/go/pagewidexlclaims


11 Pricing and availability subject to change.

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28 May, 2019

If you weren't convinced already, we will make sure you will be now! Read the following post on 6 reasons to choose our Summa roll cutters above any other available on the market. Obviously, there are more than 6 reasons, but type space is limited, so here we go!

1. True Tangential Technology

A True Tangential head has a motor, controlling the direction of the blade at all times, enabling to cut thick and hard substrates with unsurpassed high detail and quality. Summa offers a True Tangential cutting head, enabling to cut materials quickly and concisely up to 47 mils thick. All other cutters in the market use drag (swivel) cutting heads and an improved process called “Tangential emulation”. Tangential emulation tries to simulate this control but does not have any motorised control over the blade. Consequently, tangential emulation will never provide for the same accuracy than if you were to use a cutter with a True Tangential cutting head.

2. Repeatability

‘Repeatability’ is a term, which refers to how accurately the cutter keeps cutting whilst media is being transported. The repeatability guaranteed on the SummaCut line of cutters is 8 m (26 ft.); on the S Class 2 line, this would be 12 m (40 ft.). The closest competitor in the market only guarantees 1.9 m (6.5 ft.), which is quite a difference. It is important the cutter is able to process the appropriate dimensions accurately at all times, which can be guaranteed with Summa’s repeatability feature. Note: All cutters are measured on a spec called ‘tracking’. However, ‘tracking’ only defines how accurately the transport of the media occurs. This could be misleading because it doesn’t specifically refer to the movement of media whilst cutting.

3. Barcode Feature

Unique to Summa is the ability to read barcodes with the onboard sensor. The barcode will automatically communicate with the software to retrieve the necessary cut data and initiate the cutting. After finishing the job, the cutter will automatically search for the next barcode and repeat the process. This allows for an entire roll of printed graphics to be cut without user intervention. Maximal automation and productivity are yours to enjoy!

4. OPOS Sensor

Summa uses a “white light technology” to recognise registration marks and barcodes.  The Summa OPOS (white light) sensor is able to detect registration marks on all UV protection films. Other cutters in the market are still using the old IR (Infra-Red) light. However, all laminates have built-in UV inhibitors nowadays. When using these old IR sensors, the cutter will encounter difficulty to recognise (be able to find) the registration marks because the UV light is being filtered by the UV protected laminate. The OPOS sensor is also capable of registering other colours beyond black on white (dark, blue, grey, etc..).

5. Unique Summa Line: S Class 2 OPOS CAM Series

Summa offers the possibility to have a camera – OPOS CAM – mounted on the cutter instead of a light sensor. The main advantage here is speed. The OPOS CAM system can register marks 10 x faster than any light sensor. This is a considerable increase in productivity, especially when processing entire rolls. Another advantage is the ability to create a “camera profile” for every challenging media type (ie. reflective). This profile will enable the cutter to register marks on any substrate because the profile can be created specifically to the media type.

6. G-Performance, boost your S Class 2 performance up to 40%

Transform your S Class 2 cutter into a lean, mean and faster cutting machine than ever before thanks to the G-Performance feature. No matter whether it be a cutter with tangential or drag knife technology or our smallest or largest cutter in the product range, the G-performance will exceed every model's speed limit. However, speed is not the only advantage you will benefit from. Your S Class 2 cutter will be able to also read registration marks, to achieve a perfect cut, even with print deformations, at an ever faster pace!

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2 May, 2019

From 14 to 17 May 2019 in Munich, Sihl is presenting innovative products in the fields of advertising, POS and dye sublimation which are suitable for numerous applications.

SIHL materials for signage and signposts

Self-adhesive films enable a variety of advertising applications in addition to the production of signage and signposts. This is ensured by base materials and adhesives which have been optimised for the application and which guarantee particularly easy application and removal of signs for seasonal shop window campaigns or shop fittings.

For this, SIHL is presenting the two permanently adhesive vinyl films for waterbased inks SA Vinyl Plus 110 P-CA FR AQ matt 3635 and SA Vinyl Plus 110 P-CA FR AQ glossy 3585 for high quality labels and advertising materials in photographic quality which, as of today, are B1-certified. The two films can be bonded to flat and smooth surfaces and are thus ideally suited for the production of indoor signs and advertising media. These matt or glossy finish films are optimised for waterbased printing. Thanks to its water-resistant coating, it is also suitable for short-term outdoor applications when printed with pigment inks.

In addition to these products, Sihl will also be focusing on its range of environmentally friendly, wet-strength papers for outdoor use at FESPA. One focus will be on the presentation of sustainable materials such as the TriSolv billboard papers for poster and advertising applications, which is FSC®-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

SIHL materials for lightboxes and window advertising

Brilliant colours, excellent contrast and a high radiance are the basis for eye-catching lightbox and shop window advertising that attract everyone’s attention.

Visitors can expect a new backlit material that offers excellent contrast and a high radiance for their designs. The Backlit Film Plus 220 Satin (3560) is very well suited for the creation of lightbox advertising with solvent, latex and UV ink systems. This media can be applied both indoor or outdoor, as well as in humid conditions.

The new backlit film has numerous advantages. It allows use with both reflected and transmitted light sources, has a high contrast and produces rich black densities, as well as quick drying and having high ink absorption capacity. Its thickness of 220 μm permits installation in lightboxes without kinks and its good scratch resistance ensures robust printed images.

SIHL materials for trade fairs, POS and events

Modern trade fair stands, events and sales rooms thrive on the fact that effective advertising elements such as a point of sale or a trade fair display with vibrant and brilliant colours are effective in seconds. For this, Sihl offers an extensive range of exclusive print media with a fine finish.

Sihl is presenting another new film in its roll-up range. The Roll-Up Film Plus 210 SB matt AQ (3597) was designed for the production of roll-up and display graphics with water-based and latex printers. The matt coating ensures excellent scratch resistance, as well as high print quality and brilliant colour reproduction. This polypropylene/polyester composite is tear resistant guaranteeing problem-free processing and thanks to the silverback offers high opacity, the thickness allows good flatness and it is suitable for all mid-term applications.

SIHL 3D sublimation films for furniture, interior design, gadgets and advertising media

In Munich, Sihl will present two prototypes of dye sublimation film for dye sublimation printing, that can then be transferred either to 3D furniture pieces for unique designs or to 3D objects for the gift sector, such as mobile phones.

The two SubliColor Gadget and SubliColor Object films meet the most important criteria and requirements, such as high transfer rates, quick drying and flexible softening of the material, which enables the film to be applied perfectly to all corners of 3D objects.

In hall A5, on stand J15 Sihl looks forward to all of its visitors!

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15 Apr, 2019

At the upcoming ISA Sign Expo, Onyx Graphics, Inc., will be providing a first glimpse of the next major release of ONYX software that offers print service providers the ability to go beyond the limitations of wide-format print. The next major release will be available for the full range of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow software and ONYX RIP products. Demonstrations will be held in the Onyx Graphics booth 2347 at the ISA Sign Expo, April 24-26 in Las Vegas.

This latest release builds upon industry-leading ONYX software version 18.5, a three-time award winner for best colour management as well as RIP and print workflow solutions in 2018. “Our customers deserve the very best solutions to help them challenge the status-quo of digital inkjet print applications,” Said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of Onyx Graphics. “This upcoming release does exactly that and we couldn’t be happier that it commemorates our 30th anniversary.”

The announcement of a new ONYX software version also coincides with the anniversary of the International Sign Association. Over the years, The International Sign Association has become a leading industry voice for print service providers everywhere on the latest and most innovative print solutions. “As ISA celebrates its 75th anniversary, we have spent time looking back at how our industry has changed and forward at coming innovations,” said Lori Anderson, President and CEO of the International Sign Association.  “For the past 30 years, Onyx Graphics has been there driving our industry forward, and I know that they will continue to play an important role in future innovations. Congratulations on 30 amazing years!”

Availability

The next major release of ONYX software is anticipated to be globally available in summer 2019 covering the entire product portfolio of ONYX solutions including ONYX Thrive print workflow software; and ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software. It will be available to all ONYX Advantage customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase. As part of the company’s 30th anniversary, Onyx Graphics is promoting a special offer for all ISA Sign Expo booth visitors. Customers are encouraged to visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.

Teaming with industry leaders

Onyx Graphics proudly supports the widest range of industry-leading printers and manufacturers. In addition to the Onyx Graphics booth, ONYX software will be driving printers in numerous partner booths around the show. Visit Onyx Graphics at booth 2347 for a complete list of partner booths showcasing the power of ONYX software.


About Onyx Graphics, Inc.

Leading the market since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and color quality. Its passion for delivering superb color led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics’ own color engine optimized specifically for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive, and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software. For more information, visit www.onyxgfx.com.

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ONYX and ONYX PosterShop are registered trademarks, and ONYX Thrive, ONYX RIPCenter are trademarks, of ONYX Graphics, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks and are the property of their owners and are respectfully acknowledged.

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