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Momentum gathers with three sales to date of ebeam configured finishing solutions including two with ebeam lamination

Whiteley, Hampshire and Flamatt, Switzerland 25th October 2016 – ebeam Technologies’ and Edale, the UK manufacturer of high specification printing and converting equipment, today announced that through close working cooperation they have achieved the integration of ebeam’s electron beam (EB or ebeam) curing technology into the Digicon 3000, a product co-developed between Edale and AB Graphic International. So far, three Digicon sales with the ebeam configuration have been made to converters in both the USA and EMEA with two of the customers also including ebeam lamination as part of the configuration. Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 14th October 2016 – Business owners of Oscar for Porcelain and Ceramic Production Srl (Oscar Ceramics), based in Sassuolo, Italy, took over this Italian tile manufacturer in 2015. A key focus for the business since the ownership change has been on production efficiency, with a tight control of production costs and quality.

“Production efficiency has been a major focus for us”, says Enrico Ascari, Director at Oscar. “It’s important for us to control the costs, quality and quantity of the tiles we produce”.

The Xaar 1003 printhead, which the tile manufacturer adopted for digital ceramic tile decoration in February 2016, has played an important part in the company’s efficiency drive by helping to dramatically improve production uptime and throughput, whilst delivering a high quality print onto their tiles.

Andrea Porta, Chief Designer at Oscar Ceramics, whose wide-ranging role involves creating tile designs as well as running the production line, has been delighted with the results after moving to the Xaar 1003.  “There are two principal challenges that I have to fight every day”, he says.  “One challenge is to be more flexible with production because the batch sizes are getting smaller. Another challenge is to produce the best print quality possible, as quickly as possible and without downtime, loss of production or loss of my own time. With this new printhead I have dramatically decreased machine downtime as printhead maintenance is required only once or twice in every 24 hours. This means I can increase production significantly”.  Andrea also says that since he usually handles printhead cleaning whilst the operators stop production to clean the glazing line, there is no additional loss of production due to printhead maintenance.

As Chief Designer at Oscar Ceramics, Andrea is also focused on producing the very best print quality too.  “As a designer I spend a lot of time researching and developing new designs. With this new printhead, all my work is printed well. We have hundreds of designs, hundreds of products, hundreds of images in production.  All my pictures, all my designs, all my work is safe with the Xaar 1003”.

As an added bonus, Oscar Ceramics found that when they moved from using the Xaar 1002 to the Xaar 1003 printheads, the integration couldn’t have been easier since the printheads are backward compatible with the Xaar 1002. “All we had to do was change the printhead and push start on the printer; there were no problems”, says Andrea Porta.

The market-leading Xaar 1003 is available in three variants: the Xaar 1003 GS12 (rich colours or higher speeds), the Xaar 1003 GS6 (for fine detail) and the Xaar 1003 GS40 (for special effects).

Importantly, any tile manufacturer can benefit, just like Oscar Ceramics has done; it is simple and quick and economic to increase printer performance by upgrading one or more printbars.  Watch the Oscar Ceramics video for more:


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Caption: Andrea Porta, Technician, Oscar Ceramics
Caption:  The Xaar 1003 printhead

About Xaar
Xaar is a world-leader in the development of inkjet technology and manufacture of piezoelectric drop-on-demand industrial printheads. The company also develops and sells ink systems, electronics and fluid optimisation services to accelerate inkjet system development and adoption. Xaar printheads incorporate patented technology which delivers unbeatable performance when decorating, patterning, depositing functional coatings on, or adding structure to, a variety of industrial and consumer products. Today leading manufacturers worldwide, in sectors ranging from ceramics, wide-format graphics and labels to direct-to-shape packaging and decorative laminates, choose Xaar’s printheads because they are extremely precise, exceptionally versatile, incredibly reliable, and designed for high-volume production. Additional information about Xaar is available at

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SALT LAKE CITY, October 12, 2016 – For the first time in Europe, Onyx Graphics, Inc. will be unveiling ONYX 12.1, the newest, most innovative software version of their market-leading RIP workflow solution. Demonstrating its top-of-the-line print performance, ONYX 12.1 offers new features and significant functionality enhancements to the market-leading ONYX Product Portfolio.  Read the rest of this entry »

Cambridge: 11th October 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the five winners of the Tecnargilla Xaar 2001 €100K Prize Draw. Agati & Carianni, Gemma Ceramic & Porcelain Tiles, Orient Bell Limited, Paradyz Ceramika and Seramiksan have each won €20,000 towards a ceramic tile printer featuring the new Xaar 2001 or Xaar 2001+ printheads, which can be purchased from Xaar’s OEM partners. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect Colours adds 3.2m wide, UV flat-bed and roll-fed Inca SpyderX printer to its extensive portfolio of large-format printers

5th October 2016 – Inca Digital, a leading manufacturer of UV wide-format printers, has appointed specialist large-format printer solutions supplier Perfect Colours as UK distributor for its new Inca SpyderX dual flatbed/roll-to-roll printer.

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Hampshire, UK – 3rd October 2016 – Edale, the UK’s leading manufacturer of precision printing equipment, make their debut at this year’s InPrint exhibition (15-17 November 2016, Milan).

Edale will be highlighting their Design & Consultancy service with particular focus on the integration of OEM inkjet engines into custom single-pass web transportation systems for a variety of applications.

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Cambridge, UK: At InPrint 2016 (Milan, 15-17 November), Inca Genius will present its inkjet technology and applications service for companies wishing to develop large-scale aqueous and UV digital printing systems.

Visitors will see the considerable potential of inkjet on the Inca Genius booth (E41), for a range of samples showcasing how large-scale industrial single-pass UV and aqueous ink-based solutions can be used on a variety of substrates.

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New press is equipped with UK’s first Xaar Print Bar for inline digital special effects

Hampshire, UK – 27th September 2016 – ProPrint Group are the first UK company to invest in the FFEI Graphium hybrid flexographic and UV inkjet label press.

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EFI Cretaprint, KERAJet, Projecta Engineering and TecnoFerrari are first to show Xaar 2001-enabled printers at Tecnargilla (26th ‒ 30th September, Rimini) this week.

Cambridge: 26th September 2016 – Xaar plc, the leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce that several leading printer manufacturers are launching ceramic tile decoration machines featuring the new Xaar 2001 GS12C and 2001+ family of printheads at Tecnargilla this week. Read the rest of this entry »

To help the Tecnargilla show get off to an exciting start, this year Xaar will be offering an enticing prize giveaway for ceramic tile manufacturers. 

Five lucky winners will each receive €20,000 towards a ceramic tile printer featuring the new Xaar 2001 or Xaar 2001+ printheads (terms and conditions apply).

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