Shiremoor Press moves into digital printing with Konica Minolta C1085
The company prints a wide range of commercial items, including marketing materials and short-run packaging work for customers in and around the UK. Following its move into digital printing the firm plans to focus its efforts on a mix of trade work, point-of-sale and retail focused print. It has already produced a small quantity of variable data to date, though it does envisage that this will expand as customers learn more about its potential. “We are not on the hunt for the small orders though,” says managing director Keith Whisson. “We are actively seeking orders where we can provide a full service solution to clients.”
The four-colour Konica Minolta bizhub Press C1085 is capable of producing up to 85 A4-pages per minute, and can handle stock thicknesses from 55gsm through to 350gsm. The machine is focused on high productivity with high-quality suction paper feed and registration systems, as well as providing for stable image reproduction with inline automatic density control.
The C1085 uses an enhanced imaging system, closed-loop colour controls and the latest generation of Konica’s Simitri HD toner, which combine to produce colour consistent results. Post-printing the equipment is equipped with de-curler, stapler and stacker, and booklet maker.
The company has calibrated the Konica Minolta digital engine to produce colour to the same ISO-based standards as its Ryobi litho press and proofing system to ensure consistent colour across the board.
Canon to launch its first 100 page-per-minute colour digital printer
Canon has announced the launch of its first 100 page-per-minute colour digital print engine – the imagePRESS C10000VP - designed with a raft of technological innovations that enhance throughput, ensure reliably consistent colour and more accurate registration control and flexible media handling and finishing.
The company says the new C10000VP offers 2,400 x 2,400 dpi print resolution and vivid output quality, and is rated at speeds of up to 100 impressions per minute irrespective of media weight up to 350gsm.
Canon says the imagePRESS C10000VP maintains productivity even on long-run or mixed media jobs, including speciality stocks such as synthetic media. The Consistently Vivid (CV) toner offers improved transfer efficiency and a lower fixing temperature, delivering vibrant image quality even on textured media. A new air compressor also makes it possible to print onto thin coated media as light as 70gsm.
The device also features some impressive new finishing options, which include a new professional puncher that supports a greater range of media sizes and a new inline creasing functionality. A choice of digital front end controllers – Canon’s PRISMAsync or the new EFI Fiery FS200 – enables PSPs to select the right RIP and controller to streamline their workflow.
A new developer unit maintains colour consistency, ensuring stable output even over long runs. This is further enhanced by the introduction of new Multi Density Adjustment Technology that allows for automatic real-time density correction, as well as an in-line spectroscopic sensor that enables daily colour calibration.
Other design elements include a second transfer belt that improves control over registration, as well as new Simple Registration Control technology, which helps PSPs to maximise their productivity by enabling quicker and easier registration adjustments.
The imagePRESS C10000VP will be available from October 2015 and will make its European debut at Canon EXPO in Paris later this year.
Irish first for McGowans with HP Indigo 10000
The company believes the new press will enable it to produce even shorter run personalised jobs and create larger format products using specialised substrates. It is also expected to attract new business opportunities and expand creative possibilities available to existing customers.
The installation follows the recent announcement of McGowans’ company rebrand earlier this year. According to Owner, Mal McGowan, the rebrand reflects their commitment to evolve in line with customer requirements to ensure their brands and products stand out from the crowd.
“There comes a time when you need to re-evaluate your business and ensure that you are offering the customer a range of print services,” says McGowan. “The investment so far this year positions us to do just that. The Indigo 10000 is a decisive strategic move, and one that connects digital to litho. Its B2 plus platform keeps us ahead of the curve and allows us to go beyond digital quantities and compete within the litho market. We can now offer our customers the same quality, media range, and volume for all their activities, with all the advantages and flexibility of digital. Essentially, it allows us to offer a one-stop-shop service to our customers.”
McGowans operates over twenty digital printing presses, working over a vast number of substrates in large and small format, with production runs from one to many thousand.
Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions
Ipswich based Healeys Print Group has invested in a Ricoh Pro C7100 which builds on its current suite of Ricoh cut-sheet digital printing solutions. According to Ricoh, the move has increased the number of creative solutions that Healeys can now offer, and provided ways to stay ahead of demand for new and original ideas as the company acts as a creative partner to its clients.
Philip Dodd, MD, Healeys Print Group, says: “With the Ricoh Pro C7100 we have seen a big leap forward in quality, driven by features like the ability to apply spot or flood clear gloss and white. As a result of this purchase, we can stay ahead of the expectations of our significant pool of creative agency customers and in turn, help them to over-deliver to their clients. Our digital investments have contributed to our continuous, year-on-year growth.”
According to Ricoh its C7100 series of digital colour cut sheet presses are designed to support print service providers seeking to increase their current digital printing capacity, enter new markets and explore new digital opportunities by providing capabilities and offerings to clients not previously available with this engine class.
Ricoh goes on to say that by adding a C7100 series digital press to their technology portfolio, PSPs can make profitable sense of short run, fast-turnaround work. The company also states that this will provide users with the extra 10% they need to win agency pitches, with facilities such as spot or flood clear gloss and white, which Ricoh says is unprecedented at this price point.
Callprint continues its investment in Xerox graphic arts cut-sheet printers
Callprint has announced further investment in its cut sheet digital printing fleet with the purchase of three new Xerox Versant 2100’s, an upgrade to an existing Xerox iGen 4, the installation of a Xerox Colour J75, and RIP upgrades across all its printers within the £12m turnover company’s operations.
The Xerox Colour J75 Press is a duplex colour printer that can print on a variety of coated and uncoated stocks from 64-300gsm, with a resolution of 2400 x 2400dpi, at speeds of up to 75ppm and volumes of between 20,000-75,000 pages per month.
The Xerox Versant 2100 Presses are sheet fed SRA3-format digital colour printers delivering HD resolution printing for very fine detail printing at speeds up to 100ppm across a wide variety of print media. It has duplex capabilities on weights of 52-350gsm, together with a resolution of 2400 x 2400dpi, providing quality and flexibility across a wide range of different paper weights and substrate materials.
Two of the new Versant 2100’s have gone into the firm’s London hub in Great Portland Street, while another has been installed at its new Birmingham location, and the J75 has gone into Callprint’s new Manchester location.
The upgrade to the Xerox iGen 4 has been carried out at Callprint’s Saffron Hill hub in London, with the addition of a larger sheet tray and an upgrade of its RIP to Fiery. Furthermore, the firm has upgraded all its printer RIPs from Creo to Fiery in a bid to provide a more consistent working format throughout its UK operations.
Callprint Group managing director, Steve Cheek, says: “Our latest investment in small format cut-sheet technology gives Callprint increased capacity, reliability, quality and consistency across our locations, as well as now being able to print digitally on to a larger sheet size giving us the capability to produce A4 roll folds and A4 landscape booklets in small numbers.”
The investments and equipment upgrades underlines Callprint’s original statement of intention to continue to grow and develop its business operations.
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