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Print Solutions
Wide-format digital print and finishing in the spotlight
Monday, 14th April 2014

In February, Kemtek invited international principals, Stephan Jourquin, (Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology), Michael Hock (Aristo) and Valentin Vachkov (EngView Systems) to present their leading-edge technologies to local printing and packaging specialists at a special three-day Wide-Format Digital Print and Finishing Open House, hosted at its Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal premises.

‘The once-off event, which showcased the new Durst P10/160 UV Inkjet printer, Aristo 1310 high-speed flatbed digital cutter and EngView Packaging and POS software was a resounding success,’ reports, Kemtek director, Steve Gordon. ‘We’re delighted with the various positive enquiries received. Local market players really made an effort to come and see the technologies in action and spend some quality time with our principals, asking questions and discussing their unique business requirements.’

Unrivalled Durst flexibility and productivity
Since taking over local distribution of the Durst portfolio just two years ago, Kemtek has completed a significant number of machine installations.

‘As demand increases for short-run, once-off packaging applications and personalised data promotions, many local converters are turning to digital print solutions,’ remarks Nigel Tretheway, Kemtek sales manager for KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. ‘And, what’s special about Durst is its ability to provide leading-edge hybrid machines that match individual converter budget and performance requirements.’

One of Durst’s most advanced products, designed to suit a variety of applications, is the Rho P10 Series. Delivering the highest quality and speed in its class, the range includes the P10 200, the world’s most versatile 2m-wide UV flatbed; P10 250 continuous industrial UV flatbed printer, with unrivalled production efficiency and capability; P10 320R UV premium-grade roll-to- roll-printer; and Durst’s most recent innovation, the entry-level P10-160 UV inkjet flatbed printer.

Each machine is designed for world-class large format printing - from indoor and outdoor signage to POP material, packaging and backlit luxury goods.

During the special three-day event, Stephan Jourquin demonstrated the unique versatility and productivity of the all-new Durst Rho P10-160.

Considered the perfect option for fast-growing small- to medium size printing companies, the 1.6m-wide platform offers unrivalled media flexibility in terms of material size and type and overall productivity. At the heart of the machine is Durst’s latest Quadro Array 10M printhead technology, which creates stunning ‘fine art’ print quality up to 1000dpi resolution, fine tones and optional additional light colour reproduction.

Other benefits include exceptional ink adhesion, the flexibility to print on a wide range of media, a compact, sturdy and industrial design and unparalleled reliability. ‘With a production speed up to 68m2/hour and a host of advanced standard features, the Durst Rho P10-160 UV inkjet flatbed printer provides the perfect springboard into the digital arena,’ comments Stephan.

‘Since 1929, Durst has been a pioneer in the field of visual communication and, when it comes to top-quality machine design, there are never any short cuts’ he adds. ‘Durst manufactures 80% of machine parts in-house, in Europe, and each machine is tailor-made according to individual customer specifications. Like local partner, Kemtek, the company presents a responsible selling approach, advising each customer to test a demonstration machine at the Durst factory to get first-hand experience of the controls and settings and a feel for the system required. Any special features can then be identified prior to placing a firm order,’ continues Stephan.

‘Through continuous exchange with renowned research institutes and a trusting cooperation with our channel partners and users, Durst develops strong, durable and modular machines that perfectly suit the modern printing environment,’ asserts Stephan. ‘There’s significant growth in inkjet printing in the southern African region and, thanks to Kemtek’s expertise, market knowledge and service support, forward thinking printers can now purchase the very latest, ground breaking Durst technologies that offer the best ROI.’

Aristo innovation drives success
Founded in Germany in 1862, originally as a factory for mathematical and calibration instruments, Aristo is today considered a leading manufacturer of stable, durable and user-friendly large format, computer-controlled flatbed cutting machines for use in sign making and digital die-cutting for the packaging, textile and leather industries.

‘With a proud 152-year history, Aristo is a company with a fresh, forward thinking philosophy , focused on developing high-precision, reliable digital cutting systems,’ asserts CSO, Michael Hock. ‘The group invests millions on R&D to deliver tailor-made, modular and ergonomic machines with versatile, multi-functional tools and production modules such as the Aristo Multihead-series and the proprietary intelligent camera system, AutomaticEye,’ he continues.

‘Furthermore, all Aristo cutters can be integrated smoothly into automated and synchronised production processes. Workflow with all well-known RIP manufacturers is guaranteed. With five specific machine series, ranging from 950mm x 1300mm, right up to a 5345mm x 5420mm large format configuration with conveyer, Aristo has a solution for any application.’

According to Michael, the Aristomat CL-1310 high-speed flatbed digital cutter, demonstrated at the recent Open House, offers small- to medium-size enterprises a reliable and efficient competitively-priced precision cutting solution. ‘With two work areas (950mm x 1300mm and 1300mm x 1700mm), an adapted vacuum system and chosen tool heads, it’s the ideal system for cutting vinyl, laminates, solid fibre and corrugated board for advertising or packaging applications.

There are approximately 40 Aristo digital cutters currently installed in southern Africa, with more deliveries scheduled during the coming year. ‘Aristo and Kemtek have maintained a very close relationship since teaming up two years ago,’ remarks Michael. ‘Besides providing comprehensive product training to the local sales and technical team, Aristo continues to offer 24/7 support in order to provide each converter with a perfect system configuration.’

User-friendly 3D design from EngView
Creating the perfect package configuration starts with top-notch design software and, at EngView Systems, they’ve developed a tailor-made Package Designer Suite, with 14 individual modules, that provides effortless drafting and 3D modelling. ‘The award-winning parametric technology –EngView Synergy – gives unique power and flexibility to converters, enabling the production  of superior quality, high impact creative designs,’ relates EngView owner, Valentin Vachkov, who presented the comprehensive Package Designer Suite software to Open House visitors. ‘Put simply, it’s an integrated CAD/CAM environment for the design of folding carton and  corrugated packaging and related converting tools that’s structured as a set of functional modules, covering the whole process – from conceptual design to die-making. Custom libraries of resizable designs and components are easily created with the software, increasing quality and productivity through reuse,’ he continues. ‘Furthermore, the integration of Package Designer and Adobe Illustrator, and a new functionality for importing external 3D objects, speeds up the creation of structural and graphic designs, thus enhancing the efficiency of the design process.’

According to Valentin, EngView software is globally well-established and widely recognised as the easiest software product to learn and use.  ‘Right now, we’re partnering with Kemtek to raise the profile of the brand in southern Africa and I’ve been delighted with the valuable enquiries received during the three day special event. Visitors were especially impressed with the logical, user-friendly instructions, plus the variety of EngView packages available,’ he concludes.

David Fenn with Greg Cradick of Hirt and Carter
Gary Crossland, Rodney Pillay Samad, and Stephan Jourquin
Michael Hock and Greg Cradick in discussion
Michael Hock from Aristo Hamburg
Nampak management discussing print quality
Samples produced during the show on display
Stephan Jourquin, Nigel Tretheway
Under scrutiny
Valentin Vachkov, Mike du Plessis, Nishan Singh


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