Andrew Hand

  1. Onyx Graphics announces global launch of Onyx TruFit software

    Onyx Graphics announces global launch of Onyx TruFit software

    Today, Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced global availability of ONYX TruFit, the company’s new shape-based nesting software. Using artificial intelligence to search millions of combinations for the most precise nests and media utilisation, ONYX TruFit saves valuable print production time and reduces media usage up to 50%. Designed to work seamlessly across both Windows and Mac OS platforms and with any RIP solution on the market, ONYX TruFit brings speed and simplicity to even the most complex nested layouts.

    “Print Service Providers are under increasing pressure to produce more with less, and media usage carries a major cost with every print job,” said Matt Crawford, Director of Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “This simple-to-use tool optimises media utilisation up to 50%, saving money on every job while improving output capacity in just seconds.”

    ONYX TruFit introduces new intuitive tools to save time, improve existing workflow efficiencies, and maximize media utilisation. Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition creates a seamless workflow from design file to print file; single-click image tracing and double-sided printing drastically reduce file preparation time before submitting jobs to the RIP-Queue, and ONYX hot folders provide fully automated print-and-cut workflows. Coupled with keeping original file properties unchanged for named colours, transparencies and colour management, ONYX TruFit is built for any wide-format print environment.

    Highlights of ONYX TruFit include:

    • Artificial intelligence engine for optimal shape-based nests, reducing media waste up to 50%
    • Real-time media savings data during nest creation
    • Single-click image tracing to reduce file preparation time
    • Double-sided printing generated instantly for decals, stickers and other print applications
    • Automatic cut-path and tool type recognition to work seamlessly from design file to print file
    • Multi-page PDF edit capabilities to eliminate excess white space
    • Automated workflows using ONYX hot folders
    • Unchanged original file properties to maintain consistency between applications
    • Output PDFs for any RIP solution available today saving costly software changes
    • Open architecture to work cross-platform on Windows or Mac OS
    Example of Onyx TruFit in action

    Free educational webinars 
    In consideration of recent news surrounding international tradeshows being postponed, Onyx Graphics is offering free educational webinars to see ONYX TruFit in action. In addition, 30-day trial licenses are being offered free. Visit www.onyxgfx.com for more details.

    Availability
    ONYX TruFit 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 customers by requesting a key update and to all other customers through a license purchase. ONYX TruFit is also available for non-ONYX RIP users and can be obtained 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 colour led to the development of ONYX Color, 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. 

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  2. Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Durables from SiHL are characterised by their special quality: They are tear-resistant, robust, and offers the best printability.  With ENDURO Inkjet 110 Classic 2s, the latest product in the ENDURO range, SiHL presents a durable composite material consisting of a PP film core and surface-treated inkjet papers:  Its high folding strength makes it ideal for maps, technical drawings, and similar applications.  Its high wet strength and tear resistance makes it a reliable partner for demanding cartography.

    The special paper surfaces on both sides provide the best results in water-based inkjet printing, it is also suitable for offset and flexo printing and can therefore be used versatile.  It is also easy to write on by hand and a pencil marking can be erased perfectly without any loss of the print.

    Thanks to its quilt-layer product structure, the material offers a durable solution and at the same an affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to fully synthetic media.  It is PVC-free and FSC certified and the paper fibers are recoverable through standard paper-recycling processes.   Hence the end-user may dispose of the material along with household paper waste.


    About SiHL  SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  3. Onyx Graphics launches educational webinars to help customers optimise their workflow

    Onyx Graphics launches educational webinars to help customers optimise their workflow

    Onyx Graphics is offering a new series of educational webinars to help its customers maximise their Onyx investment. These interactive online training programs are delivered live from Onyx experts across the globe. They are being provided at no charge, in compact segments focused on specific business needs and are designed to provide users with tips, tricks and solutions. Additionally, with colour management being a hot topic for todays’ print shops, Onyx Graphics will be offering a special colour-focussed seminar on matching colour across different printers with the company’s principle scientist and chair of the International Colour Consortium (ICC), Dr Max Derhak.

    “The purpose of these educational webinars is to help Onyx users everywhere hone their skills and maximise their investment”, said Matt Crawford, Director and Product Marketing at Onyx Graphics. “We’ve already seen customers benefit by applying Onyx training optimise workflows and save money during this difficult time”.

    Customers are encouraged to visit www.onyxgfx.com/support/training for the schedule, as more classes are added weekly. Below is a snapshot of current available webinars:-

    Dr Max Derhak: DeviceLink+ Profiles for improving site-wide colour Attendees will be introduced to DeviceLink+ and learn how to apply quick sets and achieve consistent colour across devices.

    Dr Max Derhak: ICC Profile build options and iccMAX
    Attendees will get first-hand experience from the creator of iccMAX on what these settings do, their benefits and the print problems they solve.

    Swatchbooks: Matching colour with ease
    Attendees will learn about matching colours, printing swatches, and how to quickly reach custom brand colours.

    Onyx HUB: Save money and print data
    Attendees will learn how Onyx HUB usage reports, ink and media waste reports, and actual print production data can help identify waste and save money.

    Speciality inks: Get to grips with white ink
    Attendees will learn about file preparation for speciality ink printing workflows and quick sets for managing speciality ink.

    Onyx cut workflow: Closing the print and cut gap
    Attendees will receive an introduction to CUT-Server, how to set up a cutter and establish quick set automation from design to output.

    ColorCheck: Printing with confidence
    Attendees will understand how ColorCheck reports can be used to prove accuracy, identify baselines for consistent colour, and apply named colour tests for unique customers.


    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 colour led to the development of ONYX Color, 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.

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  4. Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floor stickers are real eye-catchers. Most people look down slightly when they walk and a floor sticker is, therefore, a great advertising medium. For store owners or exhibitors, the floor is a perfect stage for conveying a message. But floor graphic films are not only ideal as advertising media. They are also an excellent and cost-effective orientation aid in public areas.

    Navigating customers through supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores has become extremely important in times of “social distancing”

    Besides advertisements, floor stickers have become a favoured medium for another reason - they are used to navigate people through public locations in times of “social distancing”.

    Currently, many supermarkets across UK and Europe use floor graphics to remind people to keep the distance amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation. But not just supermarkets, in any place where customers have to line up and wait their turn, floor minders are a great way to remind them of the distance they should keep. But not only in challenging times like these, but floor minders are also in general an excellent medium to provide assistance to customers in many locations. Doctor surgeries, pharmacies or banks, and any place where private matters are handled, keeping the distance is polite but often forgotten. Floor minders are a great way to kindly remind customers to be discrete.

    In shopping centres or during trade shows, they can help shoppers and visitors to find restrooms, the food court or exits more easily. So besides just advertising - anywhere, where people need to find their way, floor graphics are a cost-efficient tool.

    Things to keep in mind when using floor graphics

    Slip resistance

    A certified slip resistance is paramount in public spaces. There are strict guidelines regarding slip resistance and products that have been certified by an official agency should be used in all cases. Some films require extra lamination to achieve mandatory slip resistance for public spaces. R9 is the lowest anti-slip certification but suffices in many areas. It is used, for example, in areas where people come from outside, such as shops, restaurants and entrance halls. R13 is the highest class of slip resistance and is mandatory for greasy. Wet areas.

    Most floor stickers consist of two layers: a self-adhesive film on which the message is printed and a non-slip laminating film, protecting the sticker and providing slip resistance. The production of such stickers is time-consuming and labour intensive. After printing, the ink has to dry, the laminating machine has to be adjusted and the laminating itself also takes a lot of time. In addition, if the quality of the floor stickers is low, there is a risk of shrinkage between the lamination film and the sticker. Additionally, loosening of both layers can occur. Neschen’s print ’n’ walk films are a great choice. These films have an R9-certified surface, even after printing with latex and uv-curable inks, so extra lamination is no longer necessary. The films are ideal for short-term applications.

    The right adhesion

    On slightly structured and more challenging surfaces, such as concrete, wood, or tiles, you need high-tack films that provide a strong adhesive strength. Otherwise, your floor graphics will be ruined quickly. High-tack films such as Neschen UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides strong adhesive strength and adheres excellently to uneven surfaces without curling or loosening at the corners. The UV print ’n’ walk power-tack films are not only suitable for indoor use, but under dry conditions, you can also use them outside.

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  5. New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    The Australian Wool Testing Authority Limited (AWTA Product Testing) awarded two non-woven wallpapers from SiHL after extensive tests with their flame protection certificate.  These products are now not only tested according to European standards, but also according to Australian and New Zealand standards.

    Non-woven design2wall FR210 (2517) and pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 2430 (2515) are high-quality non-woven wallpapers for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and are characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability.  The tough, scratch-resistant surface permits its long-term use in busy areas.  In addition, both wallpapers are PVC free, FSC certified and environmentally friendly.

    Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, the printed wallpaper pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 230 (2515) can be stuck to the wall immediately after soaking in water.  The pre-dose of paste adheres to many different surfaces remaining easy to remove.

    Both products are already certified as flame retardant according to the European Standard EN13501-1.  Now AWTA product testing has also tested both products for heat and smoke release rates according to the methods ISO 5660.1-2015 and AS / NZS 3837-1998.  Both non-woven wallpapers were able to meet the requirements and are now certified as flame-retardant according to Australian and New Zealand standards.


    About SiHL 
    SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  6. How to clean books that have been wrapped with protection films

    How to clean books that have been wrapped with protection films

    Book protection films have many advantages: In addition to protecting against damage, the book's covers are easy to clean and resistant to a wide range of cleaning agents and solvents.  The easy-to-clean and resistant to a wide range of cleaning agents and solvents.  The easy-to-clean covers are a big advantage for libraries and any other location where books are handled by many people.  Nevertheless, there are a few points you should consider when cleaning your wrapped books.

    Cleaning book protection films

    In order to prevent dust particles, small grains of sand or other particles from damaging the surface, damp cleaning is recommended for book protection films.  A special cleaner for films is not necessary and conventional cleaning agents can be used.  A mixture of warm water and detergent is very effective.  However, very aggressive or abrasive cleaning agents are not suitable.

    Disinfecting book protection films

    How the book protection film can also be disinfected and not just cleaned, depends on the film.

    To select the right kind of disinfectant, take into consideration which types of microorganisms are to be killed.  Additionally, it is important to keep the agent's effect on the material in mind.   Not every surface is compatible with all types of disinfectants.  Under certain circumstances, some book protection films can be damaged by the use of certain chemical compositions.

    To clean book protection films thoroughly, it is wise to disinfect them with a liquid agent.  Disinfection with gases (such as ethylene oxide) and radiation (beta or gamma rays) is not possible with book protection films.

    Liquid disinfectants are based on

    • Ethanol
    • Isopropanol
    • Glycerine
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Distilled Water

    However, these components can have a negative effect on plastic, depending on their concentration, exposure time and temperature.  Additionally, the reaction depends on the plastic material itself because every type of surface reacts differently to these chemicals.

    Disinfecting PVC-based book protection films

    Book protection films made of PVC are sensitive to ethanol and isopropanol. The result: The film becomes brittle if it repeatedly comes into contact with these substances. The two named chemicals dissolve the plasticisers and the alcohol penetrates the film, causing it to swell up. Afterwards, the film will feel sticky. However, Glycerine, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water do not harm PVC films and are therefore a better choice for disinfection.

    Disinfecting PP-based book protection films

    When it comes to disinfecting PP-based films, it is important to know that hydrogen peroxide can damage the surface more easily due to its oxidation effect.The other components (ethanol, isopropanol, glycerine and distilled water) do not harm the material and are a good choice.

    Note: Both, PP and PVC book protection films should be cleaned or disinfected carefully, otherwise the surface will get scratches from the cleaning motion, resulting in the film’s transparency to be lost.

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  7. Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    For many years, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk portfolio has a solution for any application. While standard floor graphics media on the market need to be laminated for slip resistance after printing, print ’n’ walk products are immediately ready for use - a time and cost-saving solution.

    Getting a workout in Bondi Beach, Australia

    Could there be anything better than getting a nice workout in a location that is known for its beautiful beach and sunny weather? The customer project provided by Starleaton, Australia, takes us to Bondi Beach, Where Neschen’s print ’n’ walk took part in transforming the waterfront into an outdoor gym. For this project, print ’n’ walk was used on the workout stage, where the coaches will perform their workout routines.

    In no time, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk gave the workout stage a decorative wooden look. The durable anti-slip surface is an excellent choice for this purpose because it provides a secure workout surface for the coaches while giving the stage an eye-catching design.

    Images courtesy of Starleaton, Australia: https://www.starleaton.com.au

    As this example shows. Some of Neschen’s print ’n’ walk media's are perfectly suited for outdoor use. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack for example is a true all-rounder when it comes to applications on difficult surfaces: From concrete, wood, and pavement this high-tack film is a top choice. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack is excellent for eye-catching advertising at the point of sale, trade shows, showrooms or large-scale promotional campaigns. After printing with UV-curable inks, UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides a R9-certified anti-slip surface. The film is perfectly suited for outdoor use under dry conditions.

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  8. Photo Mounting | Norwegian Photographer transforms interiors of fishing vessels

    Photo Mounting | Norwegian Photographer transforms interiors of fishing vessels

    Ottar A.B. Anderson from Ulsteinvik is a professional Norwegian photographer, who has been working with Neschen products for some time. In one of his latest projects, his outstanding works transformed the interior walls of the five newest vessels of the HAVFISK AS fleet. HAVFISK AS is Norway’s largest trawler company, made up to 9 vessels and 29.6 cod trawling licenses. The company primarily catches cod, haddock, and satire. All fish are gutted onboard and the company provides fresh and frozen fish throughout the year.

    Andersons’s project started in 2012 and by now, five vessels feature his high-quality photos on their walls. For mounting his photo art, Anderson used Neschen’s Gudy 802 and Gudy 808. Gudy 802 is a high-quality, double-sided mounting film for digital prints and photos. The transparent adhesive film retains the original character of photo paper, a great choice for this project. Neschen’s Gudy 808 opaque mounting film is excellent for cold laminating on dark boards. Thanks to the white carrier material, particularly colour-intensive images appear even more brilliant on dark substrates.

    Gudy 808 also has a pH-neutral adhesive that prevents catalytic processes and thus protects the quality and value of the print long term. It’s powerful adhesive strength guarantees a reliable bond.

    Anderson also incorporated Filmolux Photo Satin to laminate his works. The laminating film works well with classical photos as well as inkjet and digital print media. It protects the work from UV rays, almost completely absorbing the UV-B spectrum rays. Anderson’s works that have been installed in 2012 still feature their beautiful colours, as if they just been hung on the wall.

    Neschen Protection and Mounting Laminates

    Beautiful seascapes transform the meeting room’s walls. Mounting the images and not framing them is an ideal choice for this project, as framing would distract the eyes from the underwater worlds in Anderson’s works.

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  9. Onyx Graphics named to Digital Output’s 25th Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards

    Onyx Graphics named to Digital Output’s 25th Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards

    SALT LAKE CITY, March 9th, 2020 – Onyx Graphics today announced the acceptance of Digital Output’s 25th Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year Digital Output’s dedicated readership dictates the top 50 winners and ten honourable mentions.

    Using the magazine’s web-based metric system, DOdirect.net, the magazine tallies readers’ interest in companies throughout the year via requests made on print and web editorial, and advertisements seen by their readership in their magazine, website or weekly newsletter. Onyx Graphics is now celebrating many

    years of recognition by Digital Output’s readership with its inclusion in another year’s top choice awards.

    “We are continually thankful to our worldwide customer base for choosing ONYX as their preferred solution,” said Jonathan Rogers, International Marketing Manager at Onyx Graphics, Inc. “We are committed to developing industry-leading software solutions and support for our customers to achieve the very best output for their print buyer customers.”

    This latest award marks the first accolade for 2020 for ONYX software solutions. ONYX 19 will be showcased at the upcoming International Sign Expo in Atlanta Georgia, USA this April, along with the newly released ONYX Hub 2.0. ONYX Hub 2.0 brings data protection with secure server encryption, new user account controls and streamlined job submission from a central location to improve print production processes. ONYX 19 saw the introduction of the Spark Engine for a 400% increase in RIP speeds and DeviceLink+, a new system of colour management automation controls to synchronize colour across devices.


    About Onyx Graphics, Inc.

    Leading the industry 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 colour led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics’ own colour 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.  Visit www.onyxgfx.com.

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  10. Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing can be a challenge when presented with a variety of materials:  Valuable original artworks or historical documents require a different approach than photographs.  Nevertheless, every project deserves reliable solutions.  Discover our overview of picture framing essentials, ideal for the professional picture framer.

    Framing of original artworks, reproductions and photographs

    Decorative Aspect
    By framing a picture, its decorative effect is emphasised and the picture transforms into a focal point on the wall.  For best results, the material, size and colour of the frame should match the creative vision of its creator or the customer and should therefore be chosen carefully.  When selecting a frame, the whole interior design should be taken into consideration including the colour scheme and the layout of the room.

    Securing the artworks value long term
    The material of the frame should match the value of the picture.  A high-quality picture deserves a high-quality frame.  Secure the value of the artwork by professionally framing it with reliable materials.

    Protecting the picture again environmental factors
    To ensure that a picture is preserved over many decades, protection against natural and mechanical environmental influences should always be the main focus of picture framing.  Professional framing protects the artwork from moisture, dirt, dust and fingerprints.

    Picture framing with mats

    Enhancing the look of a framed piece
    The material, colour and thickness of mat/passe-parout gives the picture an individual note.  The choice of the mat's material and colour depends on personal taste, the colour scheme of the picture as well as the frame.  Mats are available with varying degrees of thickness and thus create different visual effects and varying degrees of depth.

    Visual staging
    Mats underline the look of the frame and draw the eye to the framed piece even more.  By Incorporating at mat, an image can be staged in a whole new way.

    Protecting the artwork
    A passe-partout creates a space between the picture and the glass of the frame.  The surface of the picture has no direct contact with the glass and is therefore better protected.  In addition, a passe-partout regulates the level of moisture within the framing by absorbing it and thus minimising its damaging impact on the picture.

    Products for the picture framer

    Self-adhesive takes and the passe-partout
    Filmoplast tapes are a high-quality adhesive solution that meets the high demands of museums and archives.  The product range includes a variety of self-adhesive tapes that meet the most diverse requirements in picture framing.  For example the product Filmoplast P and P90, with their slightly alkaline adhesive, are ideal for mounting pictures behind the mat with so-called t-hinge.  Filmoplast SH is excellent for creating a reliable hinge to mount the passe-partout to the mountboard.  Filmoplast T creates a dust-proof seal in the back of the frame.  To repair and restore paper, Filmoplast R is an excellent choice.

    Reasons for using Filmoplast tapes

    • Acid, solvent and phthalate-free
    • Resistant to ageing
    • Permanently elastic
    • Non-yellowing
    • No breakthrough after bonding to the substrate
    • Practical adhesive tape format in a handy dispenser box (including cutting knife)
    • No water required to activate the adhesive

    example of T-hinge

    T-hinge made easy with self-adhesive tapes: When choosing tapes, it is important that the products do not damage the picture.  Products such as Filmoplast P and Filmoplast P 90 therefore have a slightly alkaline adhesive.

    example of Filmoplast P / P90 usage

    Gudy® films for mounting onboard materials

    To frame a picture professionally, there are a variety of useful products and materials available. These also include the double-sided adhesive and paper-based products Gudy® 831 Fine Art smooth and Gudy® 832 Fine Art textured. In addition to framing pictures, they are also suitable for mounting on a variety of board materials. Coated with a solvent-free, ageing-resistant and permanently elastic acrylic adhesive, both products are excellent for mounting art prints, photos and art reproductions of nearly all kinds. While Gudy® 831 fine art textured is used for smooth, not heavily textured papers up to 300 g/m2, Gudy® 832 fine art textured creates a secure bond even when working with strongly textured papers.

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