Platinum Print goes pro with Ricoh

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 24 September 2015.

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According to Ricoh, the digital print market is expanding rapidly and without a lower cost of entry for PSPs, they may be unable to compete with other providers who have larger budgets. This is why the company believes its new Ricoh Pro C9100 platform levels the playing field – not only from a cost perspective, but also for colour quality and an expanded feature set. It’s also why Platinum Print upgraded its digital printing capabilities with its recent acquisition of a Ricoh Pro C9100 in response to its desire to further increase digital turnover.

The North Yorkshire company began trading just over 25 years ago as a litho printing company but has diversified into many areas of business ensuring it stays ahead of its immediate competition. This forms part of Platinum Print’s long-term strategy to ensure it is perceived as a marketing services provider. Previously, Platinum was using a Ricoh Pro C901, as part of its transition.

Managing director Mark Plummer says: “Investing in the right technology was the most important consideration when the time came for us to upgrade our machine. We knew what issues the technology had to solve for us and Ricoh stood out because they provided the only seamless digital demonstration. Since then it has been plain sailing and we are successfully increasing turnover.”

Ricoh says the Pro C9100 series is especially suited for commercial printers seeking to start up or expand their hybrid digital and offset workflow and can easily integrate into existing operations. The new additions are productive from the first page out and deliver high volume, personalised print runs, with fast turnaround times.

Stephen Palmer, director, production print, Ricoh UK & managing director of Ricoh Ireland says: “While technology led-change is driving a new future for the graphic arts market, the necessity to enhance client value and increase client satisfaction remains at the fore of every business. Alongside that, the need to drive profits is essential to ensure a stable business that can continue to support its clients into the future. Our experience shows that the Ricoh Pro C9100 series of digital production powerhouses helps to achieve these goals for our clients. The Pro C9100 series gives clients options they have not had at this price point in the past, bringing positive disruption to a previously static market.”

With speeds up to 130ppm, a maximum monthly volume of up to one million A4 sheets and a duty cycle of 1.75 million A4 sheets, the Pro C9100 series seems to have what it takes to fill a void for PSPs who have demands for such performance.


Shiremoor Press moves into digital printing with Konica Minolta C1085

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 11 September 2015.

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne based Shiremoor Press has made its move into digitally printed output with the addition of a Konica Minolta C1085 supplied and installed by Apex Digital Graphics.

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

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 08 September 2015.

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10A 4000 slant

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.

10A 4000 frontThe 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

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 06 July 2015.

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HP Indigo 10000

Irish digital print solutions provider McGowans Print has installed an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, making the company the first to market with this technology in Ireland.

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.


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Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions

Written by Colin Gillman on Wednesday, 24 June 2015.

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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.

Phil DoddsPhilip 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.

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