Screen’s Widescreen 2011 digital print event brought together some of the major players in the world of wide format printing…
Once again, the annual Widescreen digital print event in Milton Keynes this week displayed the best in creative wide format printing. As well as the latest Truepress Jet wide format printers from the respected Screen company itself, Widescreen 2011 showcased the latest printing equipment and applications to help commercial printers produce, manage and cost a range of creative 2D and 3D products and displays. These include soft signage, panel decoration, wall papers, window graphics, short run packaging and prototyping, POS (Point of Sale) and other promotional products.
Part of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd – based in Kyoto, Japan – Screen Europe is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of system components for the prepress and printing industries. The company is a well-known manufacturer of workflow systems, RIPs, proofing systems, platesetters, digital offset and digital inkjet printing presses.
Screen’s versatile Truepress Jet2500UV wide format inkjet printing system is designed for markets that demand large-size, high-quality, high-speed printing. It covers a maximum printing width of 2500mm and makes it possible to print on a variety of media including panels and construction materials. The machine combines the benefits of a flat-bed for printing on to rigid substrates as well as the flexibility that comes from printing directly on to reels of flexible material that can be up to 50m long. It has a maximum production speed of almost 70 square meters per hour and can print up to seven colours including a pre-white function.
The use of existing structures, panels and buildings in the real world for messaging, advertising and marketing is an exciting step forward that has been made possible by new technology developments in the print sector. For instance, Lintec had a range of innovative self-adhesive films at Widescreen 2011 that transform glass into a vibrant canvas. Lintec’s cold lamination films can be employed to enhance the appearance of digitally printed graphics, resist dirt and pollution and protect against graffiti – making them the perfect choice for graphic designers looking to transform their branding, decoration, signage and promotional campaigns.
Other highlights at Widescreen 2011 included presentations on web2print solutions and something very close to our hearts at Solopress.com – an environmental overview of the wide format printing industry. BioMedia’s range of biodegradable and recyclable products shown at Widescreen 2011 are already making a valuable contribution to the eco concerns of the general public and commercial printers like Solopress. From a 200mic dead white printing substrate that’s ideal for pop-up stands and roller banners to PVC banner replacement material which can be hemmed and eyeleted, BioMedia will more than likely have a direct replacement material for the standard product used by the print industry. The huge plus is that the product looks, feels and lasts just like the PVC traditionally used for such work, but the BioMedia versions will simply break down to a harmless dust within just five years. There is no question which product is better for the environment.