Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor, has announced the launch of the Mimaki TS55-1800. This machine is a revolutionary new digital heat transfer sublimation printer that brings high-end features to entry and mid-level markets.
Significant features include one-pass printing at a high-resolution and ink-density, unattended printing with the new Mini Jumbo Roll, and Mimaki’s Nozzle Check and Recovery System for continuous operation.
With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki delivers on making high-end digital textile printing features available to a much wider market. Textile experts can now effortlessly scale their operation with an affordable sublimation printer that meets the high quality and fast turnaround times required in the dynamic textile and apparel industry.
“The TS55-1800 is a breakthrough digital textile printer, that will surely cause a stir in the market, it has been designed from the ground up to deliver high quality, industry-leading productivity and an operational cost that will be hard to beat” says Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki Europe.
Mimaki offers its customers a high return on investment with the TS55-1800 that will be sold at a very competitive price-point.
One of the key features of the TS55-1800 is the optional use of new Mini Jumbo Roll unit that can continuously feed 2,500 linear meters of heat transfer paper to the printer. This will enable customers to substitute Small Plotter Rolls with Mini Jumbo Rolls and benefit from a saving of over 20% in print media cost. Additionally, Mimaki reports that Mini Jumbo Rolls of Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, will be offered as a package deal with the TS55-1800.
In addition, the printer is fitted with the unique Mimaki Nozzle Check and Recovery System and 10-litre ink tanks, which ensure fail-safe continuous operation for extended operational periods, such as overnight-unattended printing.
As stated by Mimaki, the “TS55-1800″ achieves both high productivity and stunning print quality while ensuring reliable long-time continuous operation and cutting the production cost.
Is this the next revolution in textile printing?
The world’s first instant colouring unit, Coloreel, launched its successful product on the 17-20th September for the European market at the fair Avantex in Paris.
This product launch will lead to a massive breakthrough for the business and provide several official sales of the Coloreel unit for all European distributors.
With thousands of visitors at the reception of Avantex to see Coloreel’s instant thread colouring unit and the included colourisation software Coloreel Studio, the idea got many overwhelming and inquisitive views.
The Coloreel unit impressed many people, such as embroidery producers, digitisers, designers and apparel manufacturers including high-level brands and many requests to buy the revolutionary product were made.
Founder and Innovator at Coloreel, Joakim Staberg said: “FINALLY, after many years and so much hard work, we have now launched our first product! The market response is exceptional and it’s very inspiring that people came to Paris from all over the world just to meet with us.”
This momentous product launch was celebrated with Coloreel distributors, leading brands in the apparel industry, partners, end-customers and the Coloreel team.
“I feel proud and happy, all the visitors were impressed, both the ones we have had contact with earlier and the new ones we meet for the first time’ says Magnus Hellström, VP Sales & Marketing at Coloreel. ‘We have every feature people ask for in the Coloreel unit and that feels great.”
The Coloreel unit will bring the embroidery industry to a new level as the Coloreel technology enables high-quality instant colouring of textile thread while it is in the textile production. By instantly colouring a white base thread during the embroidery production, the Coloreel unit enables complete freedom to create unique embroideries without any restrictions in the use of colours.
For the future of Coloreel, shipping of the instant colouring unit will begin in 2019 to customers in Europe, with the USA following. Coloreel’s next step is to increase the distribution in a very quality assured and service-oriented way.
With the outstanding reviews from the product launch of the instant thread colouring unit was a clear indication that the whole world is longing for this product.
How to protect yourself against a ransomware attack.
In light of the ransomware outbreak earlier this month I would like to give you some information on how to protect yourself against a ransomware attack.
Firstly, what is ransomware? Well let me take it back a step and tell you what malware is as ransomware is a type of malware. Malware is a software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorised access to a computer system. Ransomware, is when your files are held to ransom. Ransomware can take over a computer and prevent the user from gaining access to their data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware encrypts data on a computer using an encryption key only the attacker knows. If you want to decrypt them, you have to pay. If the ransom is then not paid, data is often destroyed and lost forever.
As you have mostly probably heard recently in the news, a ransomware attack, also known as WannaCry or WeCrypt, was recently spread across the globe and is believed to have affected 200,000+ organisations. The cyber-attack struck banks, hospitals and government agencies in more than 150 countries, exploiting known vulnerabilities in Microsoft operating systems.
According to the BBC the majority of machines hit by the WannaCry ransomware worm in the cyber-attack were running Windows 7. This maybe linked to the fact that many organisations failed to apply a patch, issued by Microsoft in March, that blocked the vulnerability which WannaCry exploited.
There have also been suggestions that the reason UK hospitals have suffered is because many of them relied on programmes that required Windows XP – a version of Microsoft’s OS that debuted in 2001. Support for Windows XP was discontinued in 2014. Microsoft actually reneges on its own update policy to push out a patch for unsupported Windows XP and Windows 8 to help defend against the ransomware attack.
Here are some ways to protect yourself from ransomware;
Back up your files
The greatest damage a ransomware attack can have is the loss of files, including pictures and documents.
The best protection against ransomware is to back up all of the information and files on your devices in a completely separate system. A good place to do this is on an external hard drive that isn’t connected to the internet. This means that if you suffer an attack you won’t lose any information to the hackers.
Organisations often save copies of their data to external servers that will not be affected if their main network is attacked.
Be suspicious of emails, websites and apps
For ransomware to work hackers need to download malicious software onto a victims computer. This is then used to launch the attack and encrypt files.
The most common ways for the software to be installed on a victim’s device is through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and questionable apps and programs.
People should always exercise caution when opening unsolicited emails or visiting websites they are unfamiliar with. Never download an app that hasn’t been verified by an official store, and read reviews before installing programs.
Use an antivirus program
An age-old computer security tip, antivirus programs can stop ransomware from being downloaded onto computers and can find it when it is.
Most antivirus programs can scan files to see if they might contain ransomware before downloading them. They can block secret installations from malicious adverts when you’re browsing the web, and look for malware that may already be on a computer or device.
Always install updates
Companies often release software updates to fix vulnerabilities that can be exploited to install ransomware. It is therefore advisable to always download the newest version of a software as soon as it is available.
Never pay the ransom
Victims of ransomware attacks are advised to never pay the fee as it encourages attackers and may not result in files being recovered. There are some programs that can help decrypt files. Or, if you have a back up, you can restore your device from that.