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GenesisNews Printing Blog: 100,000 Not Out!

In Printing Industry News on November 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm

This last day of November 2013 has seen the visitor clock at the bottom of the GenesisNews screen tick over to 100,000 visits: a huge thank-you to all who have taken the time to come along and view our scribblings on the print, packaging, and publishing arena’s.


A minor landmark for many of the larger web publishers I am quite sure, but for our humble blog this is a big number, and something worth celebrating!

This last year has seen a reduction in visitor numbers at GenesisNews due largely to the closure of PIND (Printing Industry News Digest), our regular weekly view on life. By and large, as a separate publication, we felt that PIND had run its course, done its job, and needed to be put out to pasture.


Tech & Comms Also Hits 20,000

Waiting in the wings was our Tech & Comms news feed. This daily web based news service for technology as it effects pre-press, print, and publishing has stepped up to the plate and has effectively replaced PIND with a stream of latest hot tech topics. Views on this page have recently burst through the 3,500 visits per month mark, and it is now actually eclipsing GenesisNews monthly reads. By coincidence, in the same week that GenesisNews reached its 100,000 target, the technology news site has now hit 20,000 visits.


Do please continue to view at the GenesisNews blog, plug the RSS feed into your Feedly (or other!) feed reader, or follow the latest developments via our Twitter stream @GenesisNews. For a techie view of our print and publishing world with regular, daily updates do also take a look at our Tech & Comms News web page, which you can find at Tech & Comms News.  Again you might want to lift the RSS news data from here to plug into your preferred news reader, or follow the news as it happens via the Twitter address @TechAndComms



Craftprint Installs Konica Minolta C6000 from Apex

In Digital Presses on November 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm


Craftprint, Horwich, Bolton, has announced the installation of a new C6000 digital printing solution from Konica Minolta. The machine was installed and will be supported by Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, a UK distributor for Konica Minolta and the official UK distributor for Ryobi offset printing presses.

The 33-year-old Horwich print business was an early adopter of digital printing and has already been involved in the technology for some 20 years. “Litho is still our dominant production technique, but digital is now responsible for at least 20% of our output, and that is still growing,” said Andrew Tait, Managing Director of Craftprint.

The new C6000 replaces a similar Konica Minolta machine that had reached the end of its lease. “We had no concerns about staying with Konica Minolta equipment: it has worked very well for us. With Apex having announced its presence in to the digital colour market this year, it just made a lot of sense for us to move to them as our supplier.” The company is running the Konica Minolta equipment alongside two Ryobi small offset machines and a DPX System platesetter.

Digital production at Craftprint focuses on a wide range of work including stationery, leaflets, newsletters, and handbooks. “Digital print equipment can produce almost anything these days,” confirmed Andrew Tait. “It is now largely down to run-length. We find our digital pricing starts to become less competitive at around 2,000 copies, but then turnaround is the other factor to consider. Customers will pay something of a premium if they need the work urgently.”

Accurate pricing is the key according to Andrew: an estimating system from Tharstern is employed at Craftprint. The company also worked with the BPIF to undertake a full costing analysis earlier this year to help ensure that it was working with true business costs. “Understanding the true costs in your business is essential,” he confirmed. “It is a tremendous benefit to have somebody from outside of the company come in and undertake a very structured look at our cost and our pricing. We were, actually, very close to where we needed to be, but it is a great help to have that confirmed!”

Konica Minolta’s C6000 creates extraordinary colour and monochrome printed images at up to 60 ppm. The product incorporates real-time image density and colour density control sensors for long-run stability, as well as high-speed scanning, digital colour printing, modular inline finishing capabilities and versatile Image Controller options to fit the demands of any production workflow. The device images at up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images. High-performance Image Control options from Konica Minolta and Fiery are combined with Apex’s own pre-press knowledge, colour know-how and technical support. Craftprint has added a bookletmaker output option for the fast and efficient creation of booklet style products.

Commenting on the installation at Craftprint, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at Apex Digital Graphics, said: “We are delighted to be working with Andrew and the team at Craftprint. They understand digital print production and have significant experience in the market. The vote of confidence shown by the company in Konica Minolta equipment is yet more evidence that these machines are the right tools for print companies to employ. Great hardware coupled with a colour knowledge that experienced suppliers such as Apex can add creates an effective print solution.”

For more information on digital print production call Craftprint on 01204 694 993.

About Apex Digital Graphics

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the Apex web site.



Save Ink, Save Waste, Save Time with PressSave

In Pre-Press on November 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Prepress UK, Cheltenham and Brighton, an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software, has announced the release of the latest version of its PressSave Colour Server product.

PressSave Server Screenshot

PressSave Colour Server is the highly affordable way to automatically optimise all PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink coverage, standardise colour, and save between 5% and 25% in ink volume.

Nic Chapman, Director of Prepress UK, commenting on the product, said: “PressSave is a very simple but effective way for printers to make significant savings. There have been a number of similar products on the market in recent years, but too many are over-priced for what is actually delivered. This has given the whole concept of making savings through such software a bad name. An effective PressSave installation can be achieved for an investment in the region of £4,000: that is a sum that any printer can quickly recover from the savings that are delivered. It is also significantly less than some of the products that are being offered to the market, where sums of up to £25,000 have been mentioned for a products that do no more than PressSave delivers!”

The benefits of reducing ink coverage on a sheet are manifold. Savings on ink are the headline news, but reducing drying time means faster on-press back-up, faster finishing, and faster job delivery. Less ink means reduced set-off issues, leading to less spoilt sheets and less waste. Reduced coverage and closer monitoring of ink laydown also gives the printer significantly more control over colour on the sheet.

Commenting on the technical aspects of the product, Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, said: “PressSave works by applying Device-Link profiles via an incredibly fast colour server, using a combination of Grey Component Replacement (GCR) and Total Area Coverage (TAC) technology while maintaining pure primary and secondary colours. This all adds up to great benefits in cost, control and efficiency on press.”

Simple to Use
PDF or image files are simply placed in a hotfolder and PressSave takes care of the rest, delivering back a colour optimised file, ready for planning and output.

Get Saving Right Now
Printers are urged to call Prepress UK to discuss how they can start saving almost immediately by optimising files for predictable colour and ink savings every time they print: call 08450 520 701.

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support.

If you have a pre-press problem, let us solve it for you. Services include: Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

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