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DGI: Super-Wide Format with Super-Warranty

In Wide Format on April 24, 2014 at 10:47 am


M Partners Wide, the Surrey-based wide format operation of M Partners, has announced details of its new “Super-Wide Super-Warranty” package that will provide customers with a five-year, “unlimited mileage” warranty on its DGI super-wide format printers.

The South Korean built DGI Velajet VE 3204D 3.2-meter wide format device provides for up to 120 square meters of production per hour. The fabric focused DGI FG-3206 textile printer can image up to 140 square meters per hour running a six-colour ink set.

Commenting on this latest announcement, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of M Partners Wide, said: “South Korean products lead the world with regard to build-quality and technological advancement – just take a look at how this Asian powerhouse has re-shaped the car market or the computer and technology worlds. Buyers know that if a product says “Made in South Korea” it stands for high-tech, high-quality, and high-performance. We want emphasise that with our “Super-Wide Super-Warranty” approach: these market leading products now come with a warranty that is second to none. No other super-wide format kit comes equipped with this much confidence; no other supplier is prepared to back their build quality for five years!”

“Sign & Digital 2014 is the ideal event at which to shout this latest announcement. Both regular media and fabric prospects will be searching for the best in super-wide at the show – the best is from South Korea, the best is DGI, and the best is supported by a five-year warranty.”

Head of Sales at M Partners Wide, Gary Doman (pictured above with a DGI unit), added: “The UK market has now evolved sufficiently to make investing in high-performance DGI kit the next step. DGI with “Super-Wide Super-Warranty” means that customers can also have 100% confidence that they will be printing product for the next five-years without any questions or concerns: no breakdown costs, no spares costs, just pure, high quality print production. What other super-wide supplier is actually prepared to say that?”

M Partners Wide is UK distributor for DGI wide format products and a reseller for Canon wide format equipment. The company is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing, technical 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.



Medica Packaging Man Clocks 2:44:45 for Marathon

In Packaging on April 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

Further to the recently released news of his participation in this year’s event, Dave Betteley, PrePress Team Leader at Benson Group’s Medica Packaging operation in Crewe, has confirmed his finishing time of 2:44:45 earned him a more-than-respectable 357th place (out of some 36,000 starters!) at the London Marathon, which took place on April 13, 2014.


This superb performance has now now qualified Dave for a position on the championship start for next year’s race.

Print and packaging people are urged to dig deep into their pockets to salute this remarkable effort. Dave was running to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at his local Leighton Hospital, Crewe, and whilst he was aiming at a sub-three-hour finish, the time achieved deserves our collective salute!

The Special Care Baby Unit has a special place in Dave’s heart as his youngest son spent the first week of his life there, and it is thanks to the dedication of staff in the unit that his son is here today. The money raised by Dave, and others, is going to Leighton Hospital’s recently launched “1 in 11 appeal”.

As an added incentive, Dave’s eldest son has already completed the Sport Relief Charity Swim raising almost £500. “I’ve got try and at least match that,” said Dave, pointing us all towards his web page at

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.


Prepress UK Appointed Dealer for DM Screening Solution

In Pre-Press on April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am


Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton, has announced that it has been appointed as the UK dealer for Auraia screening – a “digitally modulated” screening solution that is quickly winning a following for the reproduction of high quality, ultra-high definition images.

Auraia 6 is a second generation “digitally modulated” (DM) screening software. This UK developed screening technology perfects stochastic screening as it not only achieves a high level of image detail (up to 500 lines per inch screens), but also produces ultra-fine flat tints that are as smooth as (or more often smoother than) conventional AM screening.

Commenting on the appointment of Prepress UK as dealer for Hamillroad Software, Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, said: “Having been involved with Auraia since it’s early testing with CtP manufacturers, I’ve seen at first-hand the amazing quality DM screening can bring to offset print with near continuous tone reproduction.

“This is a real breakthrough in high quality screening technology. Ultra-high definition screening combined with smooth, flat tints that are easy to control and print. The quality improvements are focused on the huge tone range that can be reproduced from 0.01% through to 99.99%.

“What’s most impressive is not the benefit it can bring to the newest highest specification thermal CtP, high-end stocks and modern presses – which is startling in itself – but the fact that the same benefits and improvements can be achieved on older technology, including violet CtP and uncoated stocks.

With regard to bringing new users up to speed with the technology, Andrew explains: “We take prospective users through an easy qualification process demonstrating the quality that will be achieved by Auraia on their actual equipment – even before we will take an order from them. The installation process is straight forward and includes calibration of the high definition Auraia screening either to match the tone reproduction of existing AM screens, or that of ISO 12647-2.”

The latest enhancements to Auraia screening really do move the technology forward in several important areas of image reproduction. In addition to great images, the software gives special focus to ink-on-ink issues – an area of waste that printers pay little attention to. The product has been engineered to pay specific attention to this issue, and has already been shown to provide ink savings of up to 20% in tests.

Nic Chapman, Sales Director of Prepress UK, adds: “One particular long-held area of criticism for both AM and FM screening is with regard to creating smooth vignettes and flat tints. Auraia 6 delivers significant improvements in both areas. Printers will also want to understand that both screening and object moiré are eliminated. In short, it really is easier to print with!”

Making the Most of Computing Power

This latest innovation in screening takes advantage of the immense computing power now generally available for very little cost for file processing. It works well particularly with violet, ultra-violet, and thermal plate imaging systems.

DM screening is so named because it digitally modulates each and every pixel it produces, precisely controlling not only the dots in each separation, but also between the separations, so as to completely eliminate noise.

It does this through the use of a “stochastic rosette”, which interleaves the screens in all the separations. By doing so, it eliminates noise (and moiré). The “stochastic rosette” helps to maximise the amount of ink-on-paper and minimise the amount of ink-on-ink, expanding the available colour gamut whilst eliminating colour shifts due to misregistration.

The screening analyses each pixel it produces to ensure that no dot is too small to plate or print, no “non-dot” is too small to fill-in, and no dot or “non-dot” is too large so as to be visible. Dots are created in a carefully controlled manner to ensure detail is placed exactly where it is needed.

Why do printers need DM screening?

Vignettes are smooth and flat tints are flat. DM cleverly modulates each pixel through software algorithms that have been created with a deep understanding of laser optics, plate technology, printing press behaviour, and ink flow, to ensure that dot gain is eliminated. The result of all of this activity is the complete removal of patterning artefacts and graininess.

The final delivery is of a high quality print that was previously unachievable.

Based on years of research and experience, this patent-pending screening technology represents a fundamental change in the expectation a printer should have on the quality of print that is achievable. No longer are printers restricted by issues with moiré, misregistration, rosette drift, colour shifts, banding, dot gain, dot loss, or shadow loss, and are now free to do what they do best – print beautiful pages!

Auraia 6 screening technology is only sold through specialist resellers, such as Prepress UK, who possess the knowledge, experience and expertise to fully support the product and its users. This includes initial installation and set-up, including the checking and adjusting of the CtP device in use, as well as plate calibration, and press profiling, either to match current output or to achieve a specific standard, such as ISO 12647-2 for commercial print.

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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