Litho printer adds versatility to productivity workflow with Mimaki flatbed package

July 26, 2016

Lancashire based KT Litho is a long established commercial printer that has diversified its service offering with the addition of wide format printing.

“The majority of the time we see high volume, repetitive orders, which reflects the processes we have had in place. In 2005 we started to see an increase in demand for bespoke, short run orders. Using the technology we already had in place, the short run items were proving too expensive to produce,” says joint managing director Greg Twemlow.

Seeing a growing trend in demand, Twemlow looked to the marketplace to see what might be on offer that could keep high-volume clients satisfied while reducing the costs of bespoke items.

As an initial solution, the firm invested in two Roland VersaArt RS-640’s. This allowed for quicker printing but still required finishing times for drying and mounting, ultimately not resolving the core requirement.

The company then looked to the evolving flatbed printing technology market when printMAX introduced the Mimaki JFX200-2513. Designed for ease of use, high quality but in a cost effective package, the JFX200 offers an affordable entrance to flatbed printing.

With highly productive print speeds of up to 25M2 per hour, the JFX enabled KT Litho to continue handling high volume orders. However, using Mimaki’s Rasterlink RIP software and with the ease of loading and precise positioning media thanks to the vacuum bed and pin system, KT Litho could print bespoke jobs for the same cost by reducing set up time and ultimately enhancing the print potential.

The instant drying of the ink, a feature possible through the energy efficient LED UV curing, allows for continuous printing with little to no additional finishing time.

The beauty of direct to substrate printing is in the potential. There are endless possibilities for diversification and print capabilities. “Since taking on the JFX200 we have started taking enquiries for glass, metal, wood and several other items that we would never have considered before, and would have certainly turned away as a business opportunity,” he says.

KT Litho made the decision to go for the JFX200 following the assistance and knowledge of Mimaki reseller, printMAX.

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