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Pipi Packaging Prints Pretty with Prepress Package

In Offset Presses, Pre-Press on March 20, 2017 at 10:43 am


Pipi Print and Packaging Ltd, the Leicester-based packaging specialist, has employed the pre-press knowledge and press know-how of the team at Prepress UK as it has focused on colour quality and consistency from its pair of B2 Heidelberg sheet-fed presses.

The company had contacted Prepress UK after a recommendation from their press engineer. The company urgently needed to move forward with their colour accuracy and consistency, as well as improve make-ready times when moving from job to job.

Nic Chapman, Director of Prepress UK, takes up the story: “We were able to put together a package of products and services to enable Pipi Print & Packaging to get the best from their presses – improving colour reproduction, reducing make-ready times and costs, and improving repeatability, colour consistency, and general on-press performance.” The company run two Heidelberg B2-format presses: a CD74 with Image Control and an SM74 with Axis Control.

Commenting on the products and service provided by Prepress UK, Raj Palmer, Managing Director of Pipi Print and Packaging, said: “We are producing packaging product for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics markets, where quality and consistency are critical. It was important for us to be getting the very best out of our litho presses.

“In addition to that, print runs are relatively short when running multiple images to view on a B2 sheet. That means that job changeover and make-ready times have become ever more critical in ensuring both profitability and efficiency of production.

“The package provided by Prepress UK focused on both of these important areas. We have been very impressed with the results. I would have no hesitation in recommending their services to other printers seeking to find similar improvements.”

Both the Image Control and Axis Control packages were not performing as effectively as they should have been. The manufacturers quote for repair of the two colour stations was prohibitively high.

Detailing the work undertaken, Nic Chapman added: “The package consisted of a press health check and a training package put together by our Heidelberg press demonstrator, including repair and servicing of the on-press colour measuring devices. We then added our PressProfiler ink-key presetting system, and included our dot-gain calibration service.

“We began with service work on the presses as the first priority. This helped us to ensure that both presses were printing to a consistently high quality. In practical terms, it meant that we could be confident of the print stability across the sheet and for the duration of the print run.

“This was followed by a visit from our Heidelberg technician to repair both of the colour scanning devices on presses, at a fraction of the cost that Heidelberg had quoted.  They were repaired and calibrated and the press operators trained on the correct use of these important measuring tools.

“We installed PressProfiler – our favoured ink-key presetting solution – which helps to ensure that the Pipi press operators can then get the best out of the colour scanners.”

The combination of PressProfiler and the scanning stations helps to minimise make-ready time and wastage, and goes on to maintain consistent colour throughout the print run. Pipi Print & Packaging already estimate improvements of at least 20% in make-ready times thanks to the new package.

“Finally, once the presses were stable, test print runs were performed on both presses to establish the correct ink weights to achieve target solid ink colour, followed by dot-gain measurement and adjustment to match tone value targets. These enhancements have maximised compliance with the ISO 12647-2 standard.”

How it Works: PressProfiler

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. 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.

About Pipi Print & Packaging

Pipi Print & Packaging is a second-generation family business that was established in 1982 with the aim to become a comprehensive provider of high quality print and packaging solutions at affordable prices.

The original investment in one printing press paid dividends swiftly, leading to further investment equipment for carton manufacture.

By introducing new services through continual investment in specialised areas of print, such as narrow web label printing, miniature folding, and decorative print finishing Pipi has remained one of the fastest growing and commercially focused print companies in the UK.

Perhaps the most important strategic decision for the business was to invest in its current premises in 1996, providing 42,000 sq. ft. of production facilities along with room for further growth in the future.

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.

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Central Colour Latest for “Productivity Print Award”

In Offset Presses on May 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

Central Colour, Nottingham, has become latest user of Ryobi Mitsubishi equipment to be presented with a “Productivity Print Award”. Recently in the news regarding its latest order for a new Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press, a V3000 LX six-colour complete with coater and extended delivery, this Gold Award references the completion of 1,500 days since loss of a production hour due to machine failure on their current machine.


This “Productivity Print Award” was presented to Central Colour’s management quartet by Keiji Katayama, Vice President, Sales and Service, Member of the Board (shown left in the photo), and Kohei Yatsumoto, International Sales and Marketing Manager. Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of UK distributor M Partners is also shown in attendance.

Richard Limer, Joint Managing Director of Central Colour, commenting on the award, said: “We have enjoyed exceptional reliability from this machine, and whilst we are delighted to accept an award for having enjoyed four trouble free years with the press, the award is really for the company that built such a reliable piece of kit!

“This existing Mitsubishi machine has clocked up some 140 million impressions since installation six years ago and, as per the focus of the award, we have not lost a production hour for the last four of those years.”

Andy Baxter, Joint Managing Director, added: “Mitsubishi has been our choice of press for many years now. We are constantly surprised at how little money we spend on maintenance and press spares and how little downtime we have. We have become a single press house – something that we can afford to do due the reliability of Mitsubishi.”

Commenting on the maintenance milestone, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “This is yet another tremendous achievement for a long-time Mitsubishi user. These machines are just designed to keep printing. The Japanese have a very different focus to equipment suppliers in Europe, where the profits generated from the service and the sale of spares appear to be a critical part of a manufacturers income!”

Putting this award into context, Mr Stribley added: “In our extensive printing industry experience, we believe that it would be quite remarkable for a European manufactured press to go a couple of months without some sort of technical issue halting production for at least a portion of a working day. The 1,500 days at Central Colour are where no single hour of production time has been lost – that equates to over four years!

“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 has been produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer should surely desire.”

About Central Colour

Central Colour has developed an enviable reputation for producing high quality work and providing a first class printing service. The company produces work for some of the country’s leading brands and creative agencies, who are benefitting from Central Colour’s expertise and ability to produce outstanding and innovative results within the cost restraints that everybody has to consider when producing a project. Recent and continual investment throughout the company helps it to achieve the desired quality with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency. Central Colour’s approach to environmental care means that all work is produced responsibly.

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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.


Fulprint Moves Forward with Five-Colour

In Offset Presses on December 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm


York-based Fulprint has installed a five-colour Ryobi B3-format press to replace an existing four-colour machine from the same leading press manufacturer. The equipment has been purchased from, and installed by, Apex Digital Graphics, the UK distributor for Ryobi printing equipment.

The Ryobi 525GE five-colour B3 format offset press offers fast make-ready’s and high quality full colour printing, and the option of a fifth colour or a seal in one pass, improving both efficiency and productivity.

Fulprint Finance Director, Bob Scrase, said: “This latest addition to our equipment will help us to remain very competitive. Lower wastage, faster set-up and in-line sealing all represent a more efficiently produced and more cost effective product for the customer. We expect some new clients to try our service once they see just what we can do, right here on the premises.”

Fulprint also upgraded its digital printer earlier this year, and continue to reap the benefits of its solar panel investment three years ago, which is currently providing a ROI of 11.1%. “It’s clear to us that businesses need to invest in people, infrastructure and equipment. Alongside our major capital investment in the printing press we are adding two staff to our complement, to ensure customer service is to the fore,” added Bob Scrase.

This latest investment has been boosted by a grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Business Growth Programme, which is itself supported by the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Martin Gray, Managing Director, said: “We are extremely excited to be making this investment as we are a business with a long term focus, and this machine represents a long term investment. With this new press the highest demands for quality and printing accuracy are further enhanced and with faster set-up times and running speeds we can be even more efficient – a saving that we can then pass onto our customers. The new press will make our business even more competitive in the market place.”

“This new machine really takes us to the next level. It’s our biggest single investment ever and replaces our six-year-old four-colour press – a machine that we also purchased from Apex Digital Graphics. The supplier understands our business and is able to provide expert understanding of the industry. Quick make-ready, excellent print quality and, with our new sealing unit, a faster drying time all enable us to give our customers an even better service,” said Frank Curran, Production Director.

Fulprint established 1985, a completely independent company, is wholly owned and run by three hands-on directors. The Fulprint team aim to make sure that customers come back for more. The company offers a whole range of commercial printing services, including booklets, calendars, brochures, business cards, draw tickets and more! Clients include business, domestic and trade clients. The company uses Ryobi litho equipment, Xerox digital printers and platens for die cutting and creasing. The company has consistently reinvented itself to keep pace with market changes and is a strong performer in the highly competitive design and print industry.

Commenting on the order on behalf of Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with Fulprint by providing the very latest in B3 litho printing technology. The company illustrates perfectly how printers can utilise both offset and digital production equipment to best effect, servicing the needs of a wide range of commercial print customers. The five-unit press is ideal for the current market, with the use of a sealer unit providing both faster finishing, due to the dry to the touch sheet coming off the end of the press, and the opportunity to provide an enhanced finish to the printed work.”

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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