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Me & my... Lucky HuaGuang

Switching to new plates on the back of a UK trade show has increased production and resulted in significant cost savings at Edwardthompson.

Me & my: Agfa Apogee Cloud workflow solution

In May, Prinovis UK hosted a VIP event to officially launch its new web offset printing capability. The Liverpool-based print company, which following Polestar’s collapse in 2016, became the UK’s only remaining publication gravure printer, took delivery of a highly specced Goss M600A 16pp web press earlier this year following the collapse of Manchester print firm G&H.

Me & my: Vpress Coreprint Pro

Carly Press is a third-generation family-run general commercial printer running a mix of cut-sheet colour digital and roll-fed wide-format print equipment based in Wellington, Somerset.

Me & my: Alwan Color Suite 6

Hine Labels in Rotherham loved its second digital colour press, a Dainippon Screen Truepress Jet 350UV+ narrow-web UV inkjet model installed a couple of years ago.

Me & my: Accura MIS

    Review
  • Monday, September 25, 2017
Past, present and future were the focus of his new piece of technology. After eight years in business Imagink managing director Mike Saunders resolved to invest in a management information system.

Me & my: Agfa Advantage N-DL

Many print companies that run a fleet of machinery from the same manufacturer are likely to cite benefits including consistent quality across the business, proven reliability, the ability to easily transfer jobs from one machine to another, and strong relationships with the supplier among reasons for returning time and time again.

Me & my: Kodak Electra Max

Mark Graham knew years ago that he had a problem. The pre-production manager at print and packaging giant Multi Packaging Solutions’ (MPS) Newcastle Upon Tyne site was using baked plates and the process was costing him a fortune to keep up.

Me & my: HP SmartStream Production Center

Belfast-based Northside Graphics has seen sales success through its online operation DigitalPrinting.co.uk, set up three years ago. This has worked so well that the company added a trade services website, TradeDigitalPrint.co.uk.

Me & my: Xeikon ThermoflexX 30

When Mission Labels made the great leap from film to CTP it made a bigger jump into the unknown. “Changing from analogue film setting to CTP for digital flexo plates is one of the most daunting moves for any printer,” explains technical director Dave Humphrey.

Me & my: Arjowiggins Creative Papers Conqueror Alive

In the age of social media the humble business card remains one of the most popular networking tools. As well as its benefit as a cheap marketing tool, quickly swapping cards with a new contact is far easier than digging out a pen and paper or having to save every single number onto a phone each time you meet somebody.

Me & my: Imprint Direct Mail Business Control System

December last year was a busy time for CitySprint Document Solutions (CDS). It adopted a new name, moved to a modern industrial park in Dartford, installed new computer systems throughout and added two new Konica Minolta 1070 digital presses to its existing fleet of three. A month later it started implementing a new MIS which is the focus of these pages: an Imprint Direct Mail Business Control System.

Me & my: OneFlow Systems’ OneFlow

Guernsey-based IPS Ultraprint offers a mix of international print-on-demand services together with commercial print for mainly UK customers, plus a range of items for local island customers such as t-shirts.

Me & my: Infigo MegaEdit

Collaboration with web-to-print developer Infigo was the key to London digital printer Rapidity winning a big web-to-print contract with property agent Cluttons.

Me & my: Shuttleworth MIS

Discreet trade services for packaging and large-format point-of-sale work are the speciality of Swanline Print in Stone, Staffordshire. The confidentiality part is why the company bills itself ‘the industry’s secret service’ on its Bond-themed website, leading inevitably to movie puns in its brochure, the highlight being “Live and Let Die-cutting”.

Me & my: Vpress CoreprintPro

The installation of web-to-print proofing and ordering almost two years ago has helped Gpex to service existing clients and also to win a major new one, which it won’t name but refers to as a “national retailer”.

Me & my: EFI DirectSmile Cross Media

Cheadle, Cheshire-based POS printer Cestrian prides itself on its innovative approach to business. The company produces retail POS, outdoor graphics and event and exhibition material from its ‘print hub’, and employs a team of in-house developers whose specific role is to come up with technological solutions to help customers streamline their print projects by reducing lead times and costs.

Me & my: Fuji Brillia plates, PlateRite platesetter and processor

    Review
  • Monday, September 15, 2014
For many printers, beta testing a prospective bit of kit is something akin to a Top Gear challenge. The kit is put through its paces on all sorts of different jobs, the data’s crunched and pored over, with the company’s top techy whizzes scrutinising its every move.

Me & my: Agfa Azura TU plate

Making print and packaging dreams come true for some of the world’s leading brands might seem daunting. But it’s all in a day’s work for London-based firm Gavin Martin Colournet, which also found that it could improve its already high quality, and become more environmentally friendly, by switching to Agfa’s Azura TU plate.

Me & my: GMG OpenColor

In today’s marketplace it’s more important than ever that proofs and plates are produced accurately. Any problems on press result in wasted materials and lost time on expensive machinery. Clients rightly demand consistent, high standards – anything less just won’t do.

Me & my: ISL Catfish

NCR sets. Remember those? It is testament to just how long Resource Print Solutions has been involved in providing web-to-print solutions for its clients, that the firm’s first foray into the area was some 15 years ago when it created a bespoke system for a customer whose requirements at the time included 500 different carbonless forms.

Me & my: Enfocus Switch 11

It's easy for most of us to forget just how much work software is doing to make our lives easier day in, day out. Most of us, that is, apart from those courageous and clever souls whose job it is to select which software will most efficiently turn data into paper and ink.

Me & my: Fujifilm XMF

It was the 3D proofing that initially swung it for Gildenburgh. When the Peterborough-based company came to swap its old workflow system for new technology, one of the standout features of Fujifilm's XMF package was its ability to allow users to flip pages on screen with ease and without using external software.

Me & my: Vpress Coreprint

Hi, I'm a printer, can I do some work for you?' This is the misguided approach to securing new business that many in the print industry are still relying on, according to Kelly Harris, sales and marketing director at commercial and wide-format print and cross-media service provider Healeys Print Group.

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