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Denny Bros Purchases Xeikon’s 3500 with ICE Toner

In Digital Presses on March 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

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Bury St Edmunds-based specialist printer Denny Brothers has confirmed its first Xeikon digital label press purchase on day two of Ipex 2014, signing an order for a Xeikon 3500 equipped running ICE toner.

Xeikon’s 3500 digital label printing engine can handle substrates up to a width of 516mm, whilst ICE toner allows the engine to image onto heat sensitive substrates, further expanding the use of the press.

Commenting on the purchase of the Xeikon system, Graham Denny, Commercial Director, said: “We have examined the digital label market for over two years, looking at all of the leading suppliers in that time. The wider format of the Xeikon 3500 will allow us to offer something different to our competition.”

Denny Bros sees opportunities for the machine in the healthcare / pharma sectors, and sees the potential for digital to offer serialisation on label production for these markets.

Colin Hunt, Production Director, added: “Run lengths are coming down all the time. It is the right time for us to turn to digital, rather than adding another flexo machine. Customer orders are more typically for a few thousand products rather than 100’s of thousands, and that suits digital perfectly.”

The company’s production staff also visited the Xeikon stand at Ipex in order to view the new digital press purchase, and learn a little about the product from the Xeikon demonstration staff.

The company currently uses Xerox equipment for monochrome digital work.

Denny Bros is especially well known for its innovative “Fix-A-Form” label product. The company’s own web site describes this unique multi-page labelling solution: “When space is at a premium, Fix-a-Form multi-page labels occupy the same area as a standard label, but offer so much more. These inventive labels come in a range of different shapes and sizes that can be personalised to meet your exact requirements.”

ICE Toner

The recently introduced ICE toner is ideal for heat sensitive substrates including PE facestock (polyethylene) and thermal labels. It opens up the potential for a whole range of new applications. PE has a good flexibility and pliability making it widely used for the surface of packaging used on regular and irregular containers which need to keep away from humidity and chemical solvents – typical examples include tubes and bottles which need to be squeezable, or bags that need to be pressed.

Commenting on the development of the toner, Filip Weymans. Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels and Packagingat Xeikon, said: “Until now dry toner technology was not expected to be able to work with substrates for this type of job. Following requests from our user base, Xeikon specifically developed ICE toner to be suited for heat sensitive materials and therefore had to push back the boundaries in toner development and digital label printing. ICE toner is undoubtedly a real breakthrough in dry toner technology.

“The new ICE Toner is tailored to the needs of our label customers. Xeikon listens to its customers, and has a team dedicated to product development in this area of the market. ICE toner has been designed to perform at the right temperature, and has been engineered to perfection for this additional demand, delivering only the very best in Xeikon quality. With ICE toner digital label production has just become even more versatile and powerful,” added Filip Weymans.

Xeikon 3500

The unique combination of 1200 x 3600 dots-per-inch addressability and 4-bit variable dot density offers rich colour depth and subtle contrasts across a 516mm wide substrate. Sharp and crisp details enable the addition of the smallest and most intricate images, such as micro text to prevent counterfeiting.

The Xeikon 3500 uses the Pericles screening library. The screen ruling can be adjusted for every image element, resulting in images pleasing to the eye.

An inline densitometer enables the user to calibrate a press to ensure uniform and accurate colour and colour consistency between jobs and between presses. The four process colours plus one of a range of standard or custom-made spot colours provide an extended colour gamut. One-pass opaque white helps to create immaculate images on transparent and metallic label stock.

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Large Format for The Wimbledon Print Company

In Wide Format on March 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

The Wimbledon Print Company took a trip to Ipex 2014 to finalise a deal with M Partners Wide, the South London-based wide format equipment re-seller and distributor, resulting in the signing of an order for a Canon iPF825 44-inch wide format solution.

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The equipment supplier was stationed on a 48-square-metre stand at the centre of the World of Wide Format zone at Ipex, which took place from March 24 to 29, 2014, at ExCel, London.

Commenting on the purchase, Michael Woolsey, Managing Director and owner of The Wimbledon Print Company, said: “Having conducted a detailed review of our business, we decided that an upgrade to the large format printing kit at our retail site would be a real benefit to us moving forward. There is good business in producing large format CAD prints for architects and building companies, but they have moved beyond monochrome work. The full-colour, high performance capabilities of the Canon will allow us to expand this part of our business.”

The Canon machine is equipped with a scanning unit to allow the company to scan in existing drawings, plans and prints, whilst the five-colour dye-and-pigment reactive pigment ink system produces vivid colours and the sharpest, thinnest lines. With an accuracy of +/- 0.1% as well as a minimum line width of 0.02mm, precision is guaranteed. Images can be rendered at 2,400 x 1200 dpi for maximum impact, thanks to super-fine print heads using 15,360 nozzles.

Gary Doman, head of sales at M Partners Wide, confirmed that the iPF825 was the ideal unit for The Wimbledon Print Company: “This is a great machine for company in the CAD market. Exceptional image quality is combined with breath-taking productivity, with draft A0 prints in 45 seconds and A1 in just 24 seconds. High capacity 330ml and 700ml “hot swap” ink tanks are used, which can be replaced during production for non-stop productivity, as well as borderless printing to save time on finishing. The device also comes equipped with a dual roll unit, which enables users to easily print long runs of different types and sizes of media.”

The Wimbledon Print Company is a family-owned business established for over 60 years, and run by Michael Woolsey, the third generation of Woolsey’s to be involved in printing in Wimbledon and London.  The offices are now based at 257-261 Haydons Road SW19, but in previous years have occupied different premises in the Morden and Merton area.

Further details on the company and the products produced can be found at www.TheWimbledonPrintCompany.co.uk or by calling 020 8540 5959.

The Canon reseller and DGI UK distributor is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing as well as service support, and a unique finance package. Keep in touch with developments at M Partners Wide by following the business on Twitter @MPartnersWide

About M Partners and M Partners Wide

The creation of the M Partners Wide division is the latest development from M Partners, as the company seeks to bring its unique distribution format to the wide format market. The company recently announced its distribution agreement with Korean manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. In 2011

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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digiLoupe proView 403: UV and IR Viewing in an Instant

In Pre-Press on March 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

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Printers involved in the creation of security-focused items, including anti-counterfeiting packaging products, have been seeking a “printer friendly” viewing tool capable of showing both IR and UV artifacts for many years. ccDotmeter was delighted to use Ipex 2014 to debut a device that will become an essential tool for printers involved in UV and IR production – the digiLoupe proView 403.

A visit to ccDotmeter, stand N3-C302/2, part of the PICON exhibit, helped printers to see just what they have been missing when printing UV and IR based work!

Commenting on the introduction of the new tool, Paul Foster, Sales Director of ccDotmeter, said: “For printers involved in the production of UV and IR security-focused print there have been very few QC tools available. Yes, there are a few extremely expensive, and extremely large devices – but the printer wants something small and portable that gives him fast, accurate images that he can see: a device that he can keep near the press.”

The hand-held digiLoupe proView 403 incorporates a triple illumination system that allows the user to view standard print, IR inks, or UV inks. “Potential users are not limited to the printer on the press of course,” added Paul Foster. “The print buyer has also been crying out for a device that will offer this capability, and the sales teams of security printers will see immediate benefits.”

Initial discussions regarding the product have already led to orders being placed by a well-known UK-based security printer.

ccDotmeter – a UK based technology company – is delighted to be at the vanguard of a technology that will give both the printers and print specifiers involved in anti-counterfeiting production a huge range of benefits.

“Every printer producing advanced levels of security print needs to see this product in action,” urges Bob Leslie, Managing Director of ccDotmeter. “Anti-counterfeiting solutions for printed products have come a long way in recent years. We firmly believe that the release of digiLoupe proView 403 will advance this science even further.”

The digiLoupe proView 403 product consists of a 2.7 inch TFT LCD screen able to display images from 10 x through to 40 x magnification. A standard USB plug allows for the simple export of 1600 x 1200 pixel JPEG images, meaning that pictures of print issues or artefacts can be taken and exported for subsequent e-mailing to colleagues or suppliers. Two images – one stored and one live – can also be compared on screen for comparative purposes. An internal lighting capability ensures standard viewing conditions for all prints.

More details on the product range can be found at http://ccdotmeter.com

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