With companies more pushed than ever to deliver quality printed work, lets look at some of the latest finishing technologies and how they can help your firm pull ahead of the pack; post-press processes are what make print sellable and a mistake in this area is very costly in both time and money so equipment, quality and reliability are vital.
A very important factor for all companies is automation because it improves the quality of results, reduces machine downtime, reduces manning, and can enable less skilled staff to run equipment at the same output levels as their more productive colleagues. When recalling the same job time after time it is now far easier to benchmark certain jobs and repeat that output.
Just as important as the printing operation is Post Presssome would argue even more important. A beautifully printed job can be completely ruined by inept finishing; just a perf or fold that is out by a few millimetres can spoil a perfect piece of print.
is the ideal paper folding machine for creasing and folding solutions for the high volume printer. It is robust, fully functional in one integrated creasing and letter folding unit. By simply pressing a button the CF375 can consistently fold and crease up to 6000 sheets an hour, regardless of the number of folds and creases. High-speed creaser and letter folder for high volume jobs makes this a winner and ideal for the high volume printers.
The Creaser/Folder Eurofold Touchline CF375 handles paper stock up to 400 gsm, creases and folds the products, all in one single pass. plus it delivers various finishing devices including other Duplo and Multigraf equipment. The TOUCHLINE generation offers greater flexibility and automation than any other letter folding machine in its class.
Paper feeder system with vacuum belt pile feeder and top feeding
Capable of folding multiple types of documents
This new age technology allows for high speed accurate folding and creasing
is a creasing, folding and perforating machine that will improve your productivity, your finishing quality and your application capability. Highly efficient and automated, it allows users to perforate, crease and fold all in a single pass, with set up finished in seconds. Vouchers, coupons and tickets are among the many applications it makes possible.
offers an efficient creasing and perforating solution ideal for mid to high volume runs. The main difference between the Mono and the Duo;
Duo: allows for 3 operations at one time; stop perforation in both directions plus crease.
Mono: Allows for 2 operations at one time; stop perforation in both directions or crease and perf
Equipped with two creasing tools (male/ female) and a cross perforating tool, the CP375 DUO performs up to 20 creases and 20 perforations simultaneously in a single run. An optional strike perforating tool can be added for increased versatility.
The innovative creasing and perforating system features an interchangeable toolbar system with two slots where users can easily mix and match the tools to create a multitude of applications. The creasing and perforating tools may be used in either slot which are electronically detected and the relevant pressure is automatically adjusted. The male and female creasing tools can be combined to perform up and down creasing, perfect for finishing covers for perfect bound books. The cross perforating tool and the optional strike perforating tool can also be combined to perform cross perforations.Features
- Up to 6,000 sheets per hour
- Male and female creasing tools
- Cross perforating tool
- Side guide system
- Double feed detection
- Optional strike perforating tool
In Conclusion: The TOUCHLINE generation offers greater flexibility and automation than any other letter folding/perfing/creasing machine in its class
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If you are doing In-House printing you can create exciting new opportunities using White Toner Technology with the OKI C942. Beyond Four Colour printing makes it easy to achieve levels that most short run printers cannot achieve.Produce exceptional White on colour and colour on colour using white toner under CMYK or alone on a wide range of media. Create new opportunities for your business, whether you are a print shop, design firm, invitation specialist or in retail.
1. Colour on Colour Printing Creates Eye Catching Designs
Color-on-color can allow printing company's to easily and effectively attract new customers and upsell existing ones. With applications that deliver high-value output, you can increase revenue by better serving a wide range of sectors including retailers, restaurants, event and convention planning companies, hotels, organizations, universities, and schools.Today's advanced digital color printers produce spectacular results on a variety of media including polyester; metallic, heavyweight and colored stocks; magnets; banners; and more. With the capability to use white ink, as well as percentages of white under colored ink, you can custom print rich, vibrant colors that enhance any message. The result: exceptional value for customers that demand bold graphics. Done on the OKI C942
2. Vibrant Colours Produce Dazzling Signage
The demand for signage continues to rise, for event promotions, directions or warnings or other uses. Our new white technology can allow you to affordably print specific warning signs that meet our ever changing safety standards or to ensure the corporate and event logos conform to your customers branding guidelines. Also there have been huge advances in available stocks including weatherproof signage. Done on the OKI C942
3. High End Invitations Entice Upscale Customers
In a world of email, printing spectacular invitations and envelopes can help your customers stand out and help you increase profits. Superb texture and specialty finishes feels luxurious in the hand, all of which can boost your business through printing high end invitations for weddings and other life changing events as well as for corporate and philanthropic functions. By doing business with even a handful of event planners, you can gain a continuous supply of new orders and increase your monthly billings. Using the right digital printer allows you to offer vibrant and subtle colors. This broad range of capabilities can enable you to print nearly any imaginable invitation on a single piece of equipment, making it an excellent business opportunity.Done on the OKI 942
4. Promotional Door Hangers Deliver Quick Results
Door hangers create a cannot-miss marketing tool that can achieve huge results. This high volume business is used by local retailers, restaurants, and real estate brokers, as well as to lawn care providers and other contractors. In addition, hotels, hospitals, fund raisers, universities, and schools are also great contenders. That adds up to a sizable increase of new customers that rely on a constant need of door hangers to increase new business. Today's digital printers can create door hangers on durable waterproof, tearproof stock, which does not require lamination, and in a wide assortment of colors. By adding door hanger capabilities to your business, you can increase your profits.Done on the OKI C942
5. High Impact Postcards Mean Business
Gain higher response rates than more expensive standard letters and envelopes. Lower cost/higher response rates mean your customers can afford to send more postcards to more prospects and customers as well as to send follow-up mailings to the same list of recipients. Many businesses can add postcards to their promotional and marketing campaigns, including local retailers, real estate brokers, and service providers, as well as eye doctors, dentists, schools, clubs, organizations, and others. With the proper digital equipment, you can efficiently print large and small runs on a variety of finish cardstocks and increase your earnings. Done on the OKI C942
6. Paper Posters Offer Practicality
With weatherproof, tear-proof paper you can deliver posters that can nearly match the strength of other stocks at a substantially lower price. Not every application needs costly cling film, fabric, boards or pressure sensitive vinyl.
All the above produced on the OKI 942
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Duplo continues to lead the way with their most popular all-in-one digital colour finishing solutions. The DC 646 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser's ability to finish full-bleed applications with precision makes them the ideal tool in all print shops. By utilizing technology, the learning curve for operation is lowered and helps less experienced operators get the job done. Controlled by a computer, the Duplo Slitter/Cutter/Creasers offer next generation features to centralize workflow and increase productivity. Continue reading to find out what these features are.
1. PROCESS APPLICATIONS WITH RAISED UV COATING
In today's market, specialty finishing is hot. Give life to your work as raised, textured, and spot UV coatings are being applied to printed products to make them really stand out. Raised UV, really raises the bar by highlighting areas such as windows on a building or drops in a glass, giving your product the extra edge.
The Slitter/Cutter/Creasers boast a soft sponge roller system that can accurately process applications with raised UV coating up to 100 microns. The soft sponge rollers configure to the thickness of the coated stock and hold on to the paper as it proceeds through the finishing process.
Minimize scratches and damage as there is no clamp to put pressure on the paper and crush the raised UV or slippery metal rollers that can cause errors in finished products.
2. CREATE A TEMPLATED BARCODE WORKFLOW WITH EFI
Operators that have the EFI Command WorkStation and Fiery Impose can already boost an application into a multiple-up job. Operators can also utilize Duplo-based imposition templates on the Fiery as well as apply barcodes and registration marks that can be read by the internal scanner in the Slitter/Cutter/Creaser. By integrating these two Duplo features, printers can create barcode work flows that let the Slitter/Cutter/Creasers run automatically without the need for operator intervention.
The finishing templates provided by Duplo come pre-set with measurements for the margins and gutters as well as finished sizes, eliminating setup time immediately.
Using a barcode reduces errors as it prevents jobs from being run incorrectly. Simply load the paper and press start. Jobs can be done in any order, as the sheets are fed, the scanner will read the barcode and if it detects sheets for a different job, the Slitter/Cutter/Creaser will adjust to the job linked to that barcode and automatically adjust. Image shifting is an issue for most digital printers. Registration marks help ensure each sheet is finished accurately. For example, when cutting business cards, consistency is vital to ensure you reduce waste. When it detects an image shift, it automatically adjusts in all four directions to accommodate for the change in the image position.
3. ADD IN-LINE FOLDING
Folding is common work across most print shops whether its tent cards, direct mail, or tri-fold brochures. Every touch point costs money. Printers that have a Slitter/Cutter/Creaser have the option to eliminate an extra setup by adding an in-line knife folder to their device with the Duplo Integrated Folding System (IFS). The ability to upgrade to in-line folding at any time doesn't limit your growth potential. By adding the IFS, operators can go from flat sheets to finished pieces that are cut in both directions, creased, perforated, and folded in one pass.
4. PRODUCE TINY CARDS
The Slitter/Cutter/Creasers capabilities continue to extend and provide versatile solutions. Duplo has introduced a new feature called "Process All" which allows the DC-746 and DC-646 to produce cards smaller than 2" in length. With this setting, operators can program and produce cards down to 1.25" x 2".
5. FINISH BANNERS
Many of the newer digital presses are now capable of printing long banners. The Slitter/Cutter/Creasers can be adjusted to process these long banners up to 39" in length while maintaining the same accuracy by utilizing the image shift compensation on the fly. Users can easily bleed trim these banners down to their finished size. Operators can also print more items on a sheet to further reduce the print costs of applications such as business cards and brochures. These banner sheets are loaded onto the feeder and are accurately slit, cut, creased, and perforated like traditional 12" x 18" sheets.
6. TOOLING STATIONS - INTERCHANGEABLE
Duplo's new Rotary Tool Modules (RTM) have interchangeable processing wheels which eliminate the need for multiple modules/cassettes to produce various types of finishes. Each RTM comes with a pair of the following tools: standard perf, micro-perf, rotary score, and slit-score. Operators can easily install the desired tools to run each application.
For example, take a simple LTR tri-fold piece with a reply card. This application is typically printed 2-up on a 12" x 18" sheet and requires a perf and score in the direction of the paper path. The operator can install the scoring and perforating wheels on the same RTM and produce both finishes along with bleed trimming in a single pass.
Not requiring separate rotary score and perf cassettes improves the efficiency of the job and helps keep equipment costs down.
With the Duplo Slitter/Cutter/Creasers print shops have the opportunity to frame their workflows. It's an opportunity to reduce labor costs and downtime while increasing productivity. The lower the touch points, the higher the profits!
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The OKI Data C942 digital colour production printer has a unique 5th tone for white to extend your printing abilities beyond traditional options. Users can print vivid white on dark media for a vibrant alternative. The OKI C942 can also print white under CMYK which allows colour printed on colour media in a single pass through. With the ability to expand beyond regular full colour printing on white paper, the C942 uses micro-fine toner for heightened colour saturation and density. Further, the C942 prints on non traditional substrates like metallic media and wood veneers to broaden printing horizons for business.
From coloured invitations, posters, envelopes and signage, the white element allows full control over the output colour. Media has expanded beyond typical white paper and the C942 sets the stage for vibrant, colourful marketing materials to allow bold colours printed on bold colours.
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PDS is heading for Print 2017 in Chicago
PRINT 17, bringing the world of printing, publishing, in-plant, graphic communications and mailing/fulfillment communities in the Americas together, is being held in Chicago offering new opportunities to grow the industry. PRINT takes place September 10-14, 2017.
PRINT 17 will offer new, innovative education session formats this year that utilizes knowledge exchanges and allow attendees to obtain learning experience. More than 50 education sessions will delve into topics ranging from design/creative process, packaging, marketing, growth strategies and emerging technologies. Through analyzation, new methods will be learnt to increase ROI.
"We know that the success of the entire printing and graphic communications industry hinges on staying profitable," said NPES President Thayer Long. "We are transforming PRINT 17 into an entirely new experience with more opportunities to connect and inspirational learning sessions to innovate the industry. PRINT 17 promises to deliver the venue for business networking and commerce within our community needed to grow this industry."
To make it easier to stay connected, free high-speed wireless internet service is being provided throughout the convention center.
For more information about PRINT 17, visit www.Print2017.com.
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