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Savings for The Print Academy (Yorkshire) with PressSave

In Offset Presses on June 4, 2015 at 11:02 am


The Print Academy (Yorkshire) Ltd, Bradford, has become the latest printer to start saving money on its ink spend following the installation of PressSave and PressProfiler software from Prepress UK, Cheltenham and Brighton, the independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software.

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 up to 25% in overall ink volume. The Print Academy is running the software to prepare files for production on its Heidelberg CD102 six-colour press. The B1 printer calculates savings in the region of 22 to 25% on ink costs since adding the software solution.

Commenting on the software product, Garry Burrows, Production Director at The Print Academy, said: “I was very surprised that such a simple software package could save us this much money! The Prepress UK team explained the benefits of adding PressSave and it really did sound too good to be true. However, within just a few days of getting used to the product the benefits were obvious, and have really stacked up in the first few weeks that we have been using it.

“The product goes hand-in-hand with the stringent environmental and green policies that we work to. The software further aids our bid to reduce our carbon impact. The Print Academy (Yorkshire) is officially recognised by The World Land Trust as a Carbon Balanced Publication Printer.

“Not only is this product about savings on the cost of ink used, it also produces a much more accurate colour, and doesn’t over ink the sheets, meaning printing dries faster, and back-ups are both quicker to produce and more effective. The ink suppliers might not like me for it, but I can really recommend PressSave to any printer!”

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. Although there have been a number of similar products on the market in recent years, too many are over-priced, leaving printers less than satisfied at the overall results. 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 £3,000: 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 manyfold. 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 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.

Click here for more details on Prepress UK.


B1 Investment: Printwize Moves for More Mitsubishi

In Offset Presses on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Printwize, based in Witham, Essex, has installed a second Mitsubishi B1 press with the addition of a five-colour Diamond 3000LS with coater and extended delivery. This latest press joins a six-colour Mitsubishi configuration that has been producing for the company since 2004.


“The reliability and the productivity of our first machine convinced us some time ago that Mitsubishi was the way to go when the time came for our next litho investment,” said Roger Wacey, founder and Chairman of Printwize (pictured above, left). “The six-colour has served us very well for some eleven years without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown. Some German equipment that we had used in the past started really well, but reliability gradually tailed off, and service costs simply got higher and higher, meaning that confidence in the machine began to evaporate.”

M Partners had been watching the market on behalf of Printwize for a used Mitsubishi with reasonably “low mileage”. This particular machine came onto the market in Spain having printed only 36 million copies. M Partners, Ryobi Mitsubishi European Distribution Managers, were able to secure the machine, ship, and install the press in just six weeks.

Founded in 1971 by Roger Wacey, Printwize has steadily grown into a £3 million turnover business employing a team of 26, producing print 24-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week. The company prints a wide variety of colour commercial work.

“We had been running a B2 Mitsubishi as well,” said Roger. “However, we recognised that our balance of work was changing: it used to be 50/50 between B1 and B2, but gradually it has moved more towards 65-70% B1. That meant we needed to swop out the B2 machine for a second larger sized press. M Partners were able to come up with the goods for us, and we are already delighted with this latest addition.” The company’s first Mitsubishi B1 has now produced over 260 million printed sheets.

Commenting on this latest Mitsubishi press installation, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd (pictured above, right, with Gary Doman, centre, Head of Sales at M Partners), the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “Once again the reliability of Mitsubishi printing presses has been championed by a printer. Roger and the Printwize team have been big fans of Mitsubishi for many years now, and it was a delight to be able to supply then with a second B1 machine. They recognise the reliability and cost effectiveness of having printing equipment that truly delivers. These presses just print – and that’s what a print business needs, rather than machines that all too often sits idle waiting for engineers or spare parts to get them running again! That downtime equals profit slowly draining out of a business.

“The consistent performance of a press not only reduces the amount of year-on-year spend on both service visits and spares to a mere trickle, it also gives the user added confidence in the performance of the equipment. There is no time lost in production, which means what has been scheduled gets produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer needs.”

About Printwize

The Witham-based company offers design and artwork services to customer when needed, litho and digital printing, a full post-press capability, and a distribution service. Quality is an important factor for Printwize and its customers, with 240 line screen ruling a standard offering for image reproduction – fine-art quality at regular print prices!

Click here for more details on Printwize.

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

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.


New Hemel Premises for Apex Digital Graphics

In Offset Presses on May 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, the official UK distributor of Ryobi MHI printing equipment, Screen and CRON computer-to-plate solutions, and UK dealer for Konica Minolta digital equipment, has announced that it has made a move to new premises in its home town of Hemel Hempstead.


Following the end of the lease at its Maxted Road premises the decision was taken to re-house the business in recently constructed offices providing a slightly better-sized facilities for the current shape of the business. “We have enjoyed a very successful ten years in Maxted Road,” said Managing Director Bob Usher. “As we all know, the printing industry has changed since the recession, and we have adjusted our operations to fit the needs of our customers. The new building is ideal for our current needs and what we anticipate will be our requirements moving forward.”

The new 15,000 square foot premises will provide a storage and distribution centre for supplies and spare parts, a showroom facility for litho presses, digital printing equipment, and pre-press products, as well as office and meeting room space for the company.

The move brings the company close to the offices of Print Efficiently partner IFS – the post-press specialist that moved to Boundary Way in October of 2014 – but also closer to the Buncefield oil refinery: the site of a huge explosion soon after Apex had moved to its previous premises. “Thankfully there is a lot less fuel stored at the facility now, and one would like to think that there are more stringent safety measures in place as well,” added Mr Usher.

A showroom facility is currently under construction, and an official opening of the new premises is being scheduled for later in the year and will be fully operational for the Print Efficiently event being staged together with IFS on 6/7/8 and 20/21/22 October 2015.

Full Apex Digital Graphics postal address:

Unit 1, ATA House

Boundary Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7SS

Telephone number (unchanged): 01442 235 236

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 web site.



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