Cascade adds Konica Minolta bizhub C1085 colour production press
Central London-based Cascade Group has purchased a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1085 colour production press to enhance the flexibility and speed of its services.
First established in 1982, Cascade Group has invested in and restructured its operations over the past five years, moving from a network of retail businesses to a hub and spoke model with local offices in key London business districts and centralised production units within central London.
Each local office has equipment for quick turnaround jobs such as business cards, presentations and posters, and more complex jobs or large runs are now processed in its production units.
Production director, Richard Adler approached Konica Minolta to propose a solution that would seamlessly process a wide range of jobs from single page flyers to multi-page presentation documents, stickers, business cards and more.
“We needed volume colour production equipment and the C1085 met our requirements in terms of speed, quality and price.” Adler said.
Cascade chose Konica Minolta as it had already had a good first experience working with them. “We have another Konica Minolta digital production print system at one of our local offices and they score high on value for money, reliability and quality of output,” he added.
“Relationship building is extremely important to Cascade Group both with clients and suppliers alike. Konica Minolta have worked with us to ensure an excellent working relationship and over the past couple of years, have been able to provide the right equipment at the right price, enabling us to give our clients the excellent service and quality that they are used to,” he said in conclusion.
HP PageWide XL 5000 goes into University College London
University College London (UCL), one of the world’s highest ranking universities, has installed an HP PageWide XL 5000 Multifunction Printer. The new printer has allowed students at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL's global faculty of the built environment, to benefit from radically faster printing speeds for their large format projects.
“Before we had the high-speed printer, students had to wait in front of the printer before they could collect their CAD projects,” says Yusah Hamuth, Faculty head of IT at the University College London. “During the hand-in period in May/June where the print volume typically increases significantly, we could observe the queues in front of the printers getting longer and longer. The need for a high-speed printer was evident.”
Aside from fast printing speeds, the ease of use and accessibility of the PageWide XL 5000 Printer were important factors in the School’s purchase decision. Its architectural students have access to the printer not only when IT staff are present, but during standard opening hours from 8:30 to 22:30, including during weekends. Two media drawers that allow for up to four media rolls, together with two sets of CMYK ink cartridges, allow for uninterrupted printing.
“The best solution is to make the printers available to the students so that they can help themselves. This is why we don’t have to provide any additional staff to oversee the printing process,” says Hamuth. “The dual set of ink cartridges is very convenient. If one cartridge runs out it automatically swaps to the other one.”
The HP PageWide XL 5000 printer provides fast and efficient monochrome and colour prints in a single device at speeds up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute. HP PageWide Technology consists of more than 200,000 nozzles on a stationary print bar and spans the width of the page, enabling breakthrough printing speeds.
Grayson Design and Print opts for Konica Minolta colour and Vivid finishing package
Cannock-based full-service digital printing company Grayson Design and Print Ltd has invested in a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71hc digital colour production printer and Vivid Matrix Foiler/Laminator to boost its in-house finishing capabilities, removing the requirement to outsource.
The company offers a diverse range of print solutions from short-run digital print, signage, workwear and promotional items and has been very successful in cross selling services which has resulted in recent growth and development.
The company looked to replace its existing Konica Minolta C5501 printer with a machine that would achieve a wider colour gamut and in particular to meet the brand requirements for one of its biggest customers Palletforce.
According to general manager Ashley Rogers the old printer had served the company well.
“With the C5501, we got outstanding results and we needed to ensure that with this new press we were able to hit the corporate orange. The C71hc did not disappoint, the build quality, colour reproduction, clarity and precision of images, are unparalleled,” he said.
Konica Minolta says its 71 colour pages per minute bizhub PRESS C71hc with its High Chroma toner technology produces vivid and natural colours, printed virtually as shown on the monitor.
The ongoing drive to streamline quality control and improve the bottom line were key factors in the decision to purchase the Vivid Matrix Foiler/Laminator. Rogers explained that the firm outsourced laminating and that in a bid to reduce costs, particularly as there was a minimum order value, which for short-runs wasn’t always cost-effective, they wanted to bring it in-house. “In addition, quality control is integral to all we do, by laminating jobs in-house we have better control and are better equipped to remove any potential issues, which ensures high levels of customer satisfaction,” he said.
The company has had a rolling investment strategy in place which has seen it grow exponentially over the past six years, headcount has increased from five to fourteen people in the last five years and unit space increased from 4,000 to 8,000 sq. ft. in December 2014.
Grayson’s has invested over £150,000 this year alone to ensure it is able to service new and existing customers. In addition to the Konica Minolta C71hc and Vivid Foiler/Laminator, other recent investments include a new Arizona flatbed printer, Iecho BK3 flatbed cutter and Tajima 8 head embroidery machine, giving the whole production process a refresh in anticipation for the New Year.
“The new Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C71hc, delivers outstanding colour quality and this, along with the investments we have made in other areas of the business, will enable us to offer a first class digital colour printing service to customers who use us for signage projects or workwear for example, as well as securing new customers who we can then offer other services to,” Rogers said in conclusion.
EFI launch two new Fiery digital front ends for the Xerox Colour C60/C70 Printer
"Xerox customers are successful when they can leverage technology improvements to increase throughput, reduce costs and produce more high-quality colour documents in less time," says Terry Antinora, vice president, Office and Solutions Business Group, Xerox. "The new Xerox print servers provide advanced Fiery digital production workflow advantages that customers can use to take their digital printing to the next level."
The new Xerox EX C60/C70 Print Server is the first worldwide to utilise the new Fiery NX Pro hardware platform previewed at Drupa 2016. The new NX Pro server features a sleek, modern design and updated hardware. In addition, the newest-version EX C60/C70 Print Server on the NX Pro platform delivers a 33% performance increase compared to its predecessor.
Operators can use new Fiery QuickTouch software through a built-in 7-inch touchscreen display to get faster views of job status information and easily perform certain device management functions. With just a tap, the touchscreen display gives operators easy access to intuitive system installation, backup and restore functions as well as to system diagnostics information. Plus, users can gain even greater efficiencies by integrating their Fiery Driven printer and digital production data into their broader management operations thanks to the print server's seamless connectivity with productivity-enhancing EFI MIS platforms such as the EFI Quick Print Suite.
"EFI is committed to helping Xerox customers make the most of the new production capabilities they have with the upgraded Xerox Colour C60/C70 Printers," says John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "The Fiery digital front ends, along with our innovative NX hardware platform and NX Station, bring a new level of functionality, production power and ease-of-use that Xerox users will appreciate as they advance their digital colour print capabilities."
Stronger showing for large format digital print at the Print Show
Oki’s position right at the entrance and Grafityp nearby delivered an impression that large format graphics might be dominant was quickly dispelled. Konica Minolta was hiding behind Oki with a line up of cut sheet digital presses and an MGI, but no sign of Vutek. And where Ricoh had a strong presence last time with a latex printer on show, this time the company had decided to focus on its own events.
Printmax brought Mimaki JV150 machines, including a small format UV flatbed in the special interests area. Colourbyte and Fujifilm provided Epson and Acuity roll-fed machines to examine and talk about while Grafityp had a number of machines and there were materials to talk about with Antalis, including new Drytac films, there was little to stretch the day for a committed graphics print business. Soyang offered the more unusual materials including floor coverings.
Oki was demonstrating vehicle wrapping on an adjacent stand to promote its Print my Ride online competition, and had one of the few product introductions to discuss. Ahead of the official launch in December, it had brought along a ColourPainter E-64 a new model to build on the heritage of the M-64 and H3-104 printers. It has borrowed technologies from both ranges.
The E-64 uses the ECO solvent SX ink which is suitable for media ranging from vinyls, industrial textiles, clear films, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC and more. An ioniser to cope with highly electrostatic materials is an option.
Large format featured strongly in the Printers’ Bazaar area which was intended to inspire visitors about new applications for printing. These included vehicle wrapping, textile printing and promotional branding.
A number of online trade printers were looking to pitch signage products, with Marqetspace leading the way with its pop up textile displays closely followed by Ultima Displays.
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