Booths Print invests in cutting
Monday, February 25, 2019
Booths Print has increased its finishing productivity after investing in a 2.5x1.6m Titanium 2516 cutting table.
The Penryn, Cornwall-based firm needed to eliminate a finishing bottleneck that had arisen after it installed a Fujifilm Acuity UV flatbed printer last summer. It had previously been cutting nearly everything by hand.
The business looked at a raft of alternatives from manufacturers including Esko and Zünd before opting for the Titanium machine after finding that it offered the best price and performance match for its requirements.
The device, which was installed in January, was supplied by International Graphic Supplies (IGS), the sole distributor for Titanium in the UK and Ireland.
“The Fuji Acuity and IGS Titanium 2516 combination has enabled us to offer a varied range of products including short run and prototype packaging, point-of-sale displays, kiss-cut labels and even custom coffin lids,” said managing director Steve Booth.
Pre-press manager Marc Allison added: “We’re doing all of our cutting on this machine now. It’s had a huge impact on every type of job we do, even down to one poster. It’s so quick just to set up and cut an A2 poster out now.”
The Titanium cutter features automatic precision tool cutting depth, which IGS said enables the correct cutting depth to be achieved quickly, precisely and efficiently.
A registration camera, which is supplied as standard, ensures that printed jobs are cut accurately to register. The camera can recognise any type of mark on the printed material using a high-resolution camera mounted to the tool-head.
A range of speciality tools supplied with the machine enables it to handle a wide variety of materials, such as corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, wood and various plastics.
Booths Print also operates a Heidleberg Speedmaster XL 75, a Ricoh Pro C7100, a Roland DG VersaCamm VS-640 and a raft of other finishing kit.
The 12-staff business, which turns over more than £1m, serves clients ranging from local councils and universities through to national galleries.