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Joined Up Workflow and New Press for Truprint Media

In Pre-Press on August 29, 2014 at 8:24 am

Truprint Media, Margate, has announced details of an upgrade to its pre-press department that allows one single software solution to output to proofing, computer-to-plate production, and digital printing. The StudioRIP Workflow product was supplied and configured by Prepress UK, the pre-press specialists based in Cheltenham and Brighton.

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The backbone of pre-press production at Truprint Media is an Agfa Palladio computer-to-plate system that had previously been running with an ageing Apogee workflow. As is often the case, an Epson proofer was running with its own separate RIP as were the company’s two digital printing presses, both Konica Biz Hub products – one monochrome and one colour.

Signs of ageing were beginning to have an effect on pre-press production. The company sought the thoughts of various suppliers with regard to a possible upgrade to the workflow. It seemed that most were more enthused about changing the CtP, which was actually working just fine. A long standing and trusted supplier to the company, Paperlinx, suggested that the team from Prepress UK go in and have a look at the situation to see if they could suggest a more affordable solution.

Anthony Underwood, Director of Truprint Media (pictured above, right), takes up the story: “We are delighted to have been introduced to the team at Prepress UK. They came in, appreciated our problems immediately, and were able to recommend a simple and straightforward solution based around StudioRIP Workflow. We now have full data integrity from proof to plate and from proof to digital print.”

Prepress UK Director Nic Chapman adds more background: “The Palladio had only produced 55,000 plates, which is not a huge amount for this quality of equipment – it was working just fine. We suggested a StudioRIP Workflow solution along with inp02 imposition software. This allowed us to configure a system that could send colour managed files straight to the Epson proofing device; this helped to ensure data integrity – which was already an improvement on the previous solution; and we were able send imposed PDF’s to the Konica digital engines as well.”

Commenting on the system in action, Anthony said: “Handling files for production is now a fast and accurate operation, no matter how the files were originated. In addition, the fast, simple imposition system speeds up the processing of files, automatically working out pagination and delivering pages for printing.”

One final enhancement to the Palladio will come in the form of a laser upgrade. “This will allow us to move to “chemistry free” plates,” said Anthony. “Add together the savings that we will make on the new breed of plates, the cost of buying chemistry, and the cost of having used chemistry removed, and it will virtually pay for the upgrade. The change will also mean enhanced environmental credentials for us as a business – customers are always keen to hear about green enhancements.”

Additional Printing Capability

In the same round of investment Truprint Media has upgraded its printing machinery, adding a pre-owned Komori 528 five-colour litho press. “With the new press we were able to recommend and install our PressProfiler package,” said Prepress UK’s Nic Chapman. “This provides automatic ink key pre-setting. It takes pre-press data from the system that we installed and feeds it into the printing press, setting up the ink ducts on the machine, enabling faster and more efficient make-ready. The whole package – pre-press workflow solution and the ink key setting package – was all installed and configured for less than £16,000.”

PressProfiler examines digital files received from any workflow and generates ink key pre-setting data to save set-up time on an offset litho printing press at job changeover. A single copy of PressProfiler can feed multiple presses. Whilst the pre-press data can be fed directly into the press console of newer machines, integration with older equipment can involve the profiling software working in conjunction with Prepress UK’s unique CardWriter package.

“PressProfiler on the new press has given us immediate improvements from day one,” commented Anthony Underwood. “The new Komori has replaced an older Komori four-colour machine. Make-readies on that machine used to take close to an hour, but the combination of the 528 with PressProfiler has already reduced our preparation times dramatically to almost a quarter of that. With run lengths continuing to fall, such savings on make-readies are essential. This enhancement will pay for itself in no time at all.

“This set of investments really is going to make a huge difference to the way Truprint Media does business: the products and the know-how from Prepress UK have enabled us to take a huge step forward as a business, and all in a very cost-effective way.”

About Truprint Media

The business was established back in 1982 as Truprint Litho. Recently rebranded as Truprint Media, this highly experienced team of printers and graphic designers provides a total design to delivery print service for customers in Kent and beyond. The business has a great reputation and is well known for its friendly service; swift, creative ideas; speedy quotations incorporating affordable pricing; quality printing; and fast delivery.

Work focus incorporates the typical range of commercial printing, including full colour stationery, leaflets, brochures, newsletters, point-of-sale print, calendars, directories, folders and so much more. The company prints via conventional offset litho for medium to long runs and digitally for short runs, and offers an extensive range of specialist finishing, utilising state-of-the-art file to print technology, dedicated FTP uploading, and both on-line and hard copy proofing. The company is run by a team of three directors: Joint Managing Directors John Jordon, Ken Underwood and son Anthony Underwood. The company employs a total of 24 employees across pre-press, printing, and post-press.

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 Prepress UK solve it for you. 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.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

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Morgana at GraphExpo: Booklets and PUR in Focus

In Digital Presses, Finishing on August 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

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Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of its exhibit for GRAPH EXPO 2014. The company can be found at booth #4013, close to its major customer base, the digital print engine manufacturers.

Morgana Systems USA will have a strong presence at the show where the equipment range will be significantly enhanced with latest product introductions in heavy-duty bookletmaking and a brand new addition to the PUR binding range.

Dual Bin for Faster Feeding

Product on show at the event will include the latest version of the System 2000S, featuring the high capacity dual bin feeder offering a flexible solution for a wide range of booklet types and sizes. The AF602 air assisted feeder has a capacity of up to 21″. Pre-collated sets can be placed into both bins or covers can be placed into one bin when they need to be merged with collated sets. The heavy-duty bookletmaking section comes complete with stitching heads and the unique Morgana Squarefold to give a professional perfect bound effect to the book.

New PUR Unit Makes Debut

Making its show debut in the US, the new DigiBook 200 PUR Binder is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is accurately applied by a slot applicator. The DigiBook 200 provides up to 200 books per hour, and up to 2″ thick, with automatic block measuring, clamp setting and nozzle adjustment.

Get Smart with SmartScreen

Morgana will be showing several machines from their Pro range of creasers and folders, all controlled with the SmartScreen touchscreen. The market leading AutoCreaser 33 will be shown with the latest software, which includes an application specifically designed for perfect bound cover production. The larger sized AutoCreaser Pro 50 will be running with the AutoFold Pro inline folding unit. The AutoFold Pro can be added to any existing Morgana creaser or to other manufacturers creasing machines.

The DigiFold Pro creaser/folder will be on show and continues to be the market leader in class, offering unrivalled production in terms of quality and accuracy. This machine can crease and fold stock up to 0.015″ thick without cracking the toner or stock surface.

Quick Cutting with CardXtra Plus

CardXtra Plus automates many of finishing tasks in this one versatile cutting and creasing unit. 250 business cards can be finished in less than 2 minutes. A small job such as this would previously have needed 18 cuts on a guillotine, but can now be offered as a “while you wait” service.

In addition to the extensive range of offline and near line solutions from Morgana USA, parent company Plockmatic will also have a strong representation at the show with its wide range of inline solutions.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at: http://morgana.co.uk/

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Benson Group Makes Luxury Packaging Awards Shortlist

In Packaging on August 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, is delighted to announce that the packaging created at the company’s Medica Packaging business for Baylis & Harding Great Body Firming Cream has been shortlisted in the Cosmetics and Personal Care Pack category for the 2014 Luxury Packaging Awards.

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Visitors to the Benson Group stand D7 at the Packaging Innovations show, from easyFairs, taking place on September 31 and October 1, will be able to see the Baylis & Harding pack as well as other personal care and gifting packs exhibiting a range of high-end finishes and designs. Benson Group will also be showing the latest stage of its food-to-go pack innovations. Developing on from the range showcased at Packaging Innovations at Birmingham in February, the company has now developed the range to showcase further unique pack concepts.

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“We are delighted to have made the shortlist for The Luxury Packaging Awards,” said Nikki Clark, Marketing Manager at Benson Group. “It highlights the excellent quality of work that our Medica Packaging business is able to produce for customers working in the fiercely competitive personal care market. It will be a pleasure to discuss the benefits of this and other similarly innovative packaging solutions with visitors to the Packaging Innovations event.

Cosmetics and Personal Care Pack Category

This category of The Luxury Packaging Awards was open to all packaging for high-end and luxury cosmetics and personal care products including, but not limited to, creams, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, eye liner, foundation, face powder, shampoo and other haircare products, and skincare and cleaning products. In considering the five key criteria laid out for the awards, judges were briefed to focus not only on the primary packaging of the product but also any presentation cases, boxes, or other secondary packaging in which the product is presented or sold.

About The Luxury Packaging Awards

Packaging News, creators of the UK Packaging Awards, are pleased to welcome the industry to the Luxury Packaging Awards in association with Luxury Packaging Show from easyFairs.

The Luxury Packaging Awards recognises and rewards the latest innovations in the luxury goods market and welcomes entries from across the globe.

With 12 categories, the shortlist has been decided by an exclusive panel of industry experts and their invaluable critique of each product will be distributed to all entrants after the awards – ideal for highlighting areas that require further research and development with a product.

The winners will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony on Monday 29 September 2014 at The Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside.

Keep in touch with the latest news on the awards.

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 company web site.

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