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Pipi Packaging Prints Pretty with Prepress Package

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

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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.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

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Olympics: Steve Scott Takes Bronze in Brazil

In Offset Presses on August 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

The management and staff of M Partners, the Surrey-based printing and large format equipment distributor, were delighted to see the GB double-trap shooting star Steve Scott, sponsored by M Partners, hit a maximum 30/30 clays to clinch the bronze medal match in Brazil.

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Thirty-one year old Scott, who had won gold medals at the last two Commonwealth Games events, came good at this years Olympics with perfect shooting in the third place match against England teammate Tim Kneale.

Scott’s perfect score of 30 against Kneale’s 28 secured Britain their second Rio shooting medal, after Ed Ling’s trap bronze on day three.

Speaking to the BBC after the match, Scott said: “It’s a very emotional time for me. There is a little part of me that wanted him to win as well because we worked so hard together.

“I think the expectation coming into the event was to medal, but personally I just wanted to make the final and give myself a good chance. It made me a little bit more relaxed knowing that I’m shooting off with my team-mate.”

Commenting on behalf of M Partners, Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director, (above, left, with Joint MD Mark Stribley on the right) said: “We are incredibly proud to be associated with Steve. He has performed so consistently over recent years at major international events. We look forward to celebrating his success with him when he returns to the UK.”

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT 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 RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former 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.

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Flexpress Invests in RMGT LED-UV Technology

In Offset Presses on April 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

Leicester-based Flexpress Ltd has detailed its installation of two new Ryobi presses, both equipped with the latest LED-UV curing technology. The B3-format 524GX press with LED-UV replaced a similar format 524GX, whilst the SRA1-format 924 with LED-UV replaced a B2-format Ryobi machine, with the increase in sheet size allowing the business to handle an even wider range of work.

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The products were supplied and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead, the official RMGT (Ryobi) representative in the UK for presses up to SRA1 format, and the exclusive CtP and plate distributor for the Chinese pre-press manufacturer CRON for both UK and Ireland, and a company that has enjoyed a near 20-year relationship as an equipment supplier to Flexpress.

Commenting on this latest investment, Flexpress Managing Director Steve Wenlock said: “The big benefit of LED-UV for our business is the fact that the drying is instant. We work from a fairly small unit and therefore we can’t really afford stacks of paper sitting around the floor for too long, so the idea is that we can turn jobs around quicker, be even more responsive to our customers need, get the paper out of the door faster, and to an even higher quality than before is something that should positively delight our customers.

“From a customer angle, time is the number one advantage,” Steve explains. “No customer says I’m going to give you more time to produce this job! Speed of turnaround is ever more critical: LED-UV technology will allow us to move work quickly on to the next stage of production, whether that is backing-up or finishing the job for delivery.”

The new presses join a recently installed Cron computer-to-plate device, also supplied by Apex, ensuring a cost effective production system from plate production through to finished job. The 36-inch UV platesetter is able to image and process UV metal plates for Flexpress’s SRA1 and B3 printing equipment.

“Quality is the other important aspect: because sheets exit the machine dry, set-off issues are eliminated – something that can occur all too easily if a job is being rushed through, even in a company that is focused on quality production, especially when working with uncoated stock. The process also means that there is no absorption of ink into the stock, which means less ink is used as well as faster drying.

“The instant drying offered by LED-UV also means that we can consider printing on a wider range of substrates, such as plastics. We do produce such work already through our Indigo press, but higher volumes of such work will be significantly more cost effective to produce on a litho press. We believe that there is a growing market for this type of work.”

Why RMGT / Ryobi?

Commenting on the choice of presses for this latest investment, Steve Wenlock references Ryobi’s pioneering role with the technology: the company first exhibited the potential of LED-UV back at the Drupa show of 2008. The company has continued to develop and refine the technology since then, whilst both ink suppliers and the press competition have been playing catch-up.

“We have worked with Apex and Ryobi for nearly 20 years. We know Ryobi as a leading press manufacturer and Apex as a supplier that really supports its customers. Ryobi are undoubted leaders in this technology, so why would we need to look elsewhere? Our operators know the Ryobi architecture and technology already, so it is just a matter of adding the LED-UV knowledge on top of the extensive printing knowledge that they already have.”

Inking Up The Press

All of the leading ink suppliers now offer product for the LED-UV market, and all are working hard to establish their product as the ink of choice.

“We are working closely with Toyo inks,” said Steve Wenlock. “They seem very focused on providing quality products backed with good service. They have outlined workshops and training for our press operators. They are a supplier that is keen to invest in LED-UV.”

Inks for the process are referred to as “duct stable” inks, meaning that there is no need to wash up at the end of the day or re-ink first thing in the morning – a real time saver, and something that will win the hearts of press operators for sure!

The Cost Equation

According to Steve the cost equation is likely to be different for each print company. A range of factors will need to be considered. For those already using existing UV solutions, the electricity costs for LED-UV will be a huge winner, but for those entering UV printing for the first time, the savings on production speed may well be the deciding factor. Yes, ink costs will be higher, but with no need for spray powder or seals, the savings on such consumables can help offset these increases, along with the fact that drying is no longer relying on a degree of absorption of ink into the printed stock, meaning that less ink will be used on each job.

The performance of LED-UV technology on a litho press brings the process much closer to digital production in many ways, but with the creation of the best possible print quality and stock flexibility. Printers seeking to invest in litho equipment need to seriously examine the benefits offered by LED-UV in great detail before finalising their decision.

About Flexpress

Flexpress produces a wide range of general print for the education, local government and manufacturing businesses, including banners, flyers, leaflets, booklets, business cards and posters. The company also runs an HP Indigo 5600 and a range of Océ digital presses, an Océ Arizona 360GT flatbed UV printer for large-format jobs, and finishing equipment including guillotines, laminators, cutters and perfect binders. The business has a team of 27 and a turnover of £2m, which it is hoping to boost to £2.5m with this latest investment.

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 Mitsubishi range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes 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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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