Digital Typeline has been one of Scotland’s leading digital print companies for over 25 years. Based in Edinburgh, the family business provides digital print to a range of sectors including a trade service to both litho and often digital printers unable to produce laser cut, foiled, white printed or landscape formats amongst other specialist products.
DTP Managing Director, Alun Joseph said “Having used a small business card cutter for a few years, DTP had been considering the purchase of a more competent and faster machine. The Magnum offers a lot of features at a very approachable price point. The Magnum will take a lot of work away from the guillotine to ease the bottleneck there. We are producing a lot of orders of A4 leaflets at ten, twenty or thirty copies throughout every day. The Magnum means we don’t have to wait to batch them to cut at the guillotine nor spend ages splitting the orders once cut. The conveyor delivery means it is easy to pick up the orders for dispatch and we can just throw the same format orders at it as they are printed.”
Mr Joseph continued: “We also have a number of repeat format orders for things like tent cards and folded business cards. Previously these would be cut at the guillotine and creased on an existing folder or possibly even hand creased. These items and several other like it will now be ready to dispatch straight off the Magnum with the operator time only loading and selecting the program rather than standing cutting and creasing. The barcode reader gives us even more time saving when setting up the job to run and with or without barcodes, switching between formats is so quick.”
“Vivid’s Magnum MCC-35AS allows us to ease the pressure on several other pieces of kit and saves us hours of operator time in a day. The Magnum cuts and slits cleanly and has handled all sorts of laminated and even heavyweight synthetic stock. It sits very well with the repeat formats we produce every day and for that reason is proving to be a key piece of equipment in our constant drive for efficiency.”
Vivid’s recently released range of Magnum print finishing solutions includes systems for cutting, creasing, perforating and folding. The range is ideally suited for any print operation but, in particular for digital printers. The Magnum range is designed to reduce the need for costly outsourcing or to speed-up existing in-house finishing, making printers more efficient and therefore more competitive, whilst improving customer satisfaction with faster production times.
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Wolverhampton based design and print specialists, Hughes Print, recently became Vivid Laminating Technology Ltd.’s first customer for their new 20 metre-per-minute Matrix MX-530S along with an Omni-Flow Deep Pile Auto Feeder. Hughes already had a Matrix MX-530P and were impressed by the quality and consistency of its output and so when it came to increasing their in-house capacity they looked to Vivid for a solution.
Their existing MX-530P was hand-fed and Hughes had decided that, for them, the maximum viable number of sheets on an in-house run was around 500 SRA3 sheets; above that and they typically outsourced with the loss of control, delays and additional cost that entailed. The faster speed and heavier construction of the MX-530S combined with the Omni-Flow Deep Pile Feeder has meant that a 2,000 SRA3 sheet run or greater is now viable in-house.
Proprietor Daniel Hughes said, “Vivid have supported us with competitive consumable costs on the new machine, this combined with the extra production speed and semi-attended operation means that we are now a lot more competitive on products produced on this system.” He continued “The 530S builds on the foundations of the 530P system, it is able to handle all of the existing laminate and foil work we produced on the 530P and with the Omni-Flow at a much faster rate; the laminate and foiling finish on both machines is excellent. We are hopeful that this side of the business, with the increased productivity, will allow us to handle larger jobs on this equipment.”
The laminators support Hughes digital print station on short-run lamination and foiling work and their full-colour litho press, primarily on booklet covers. The addition of the Flat Book option on the Matrix additionally gives Hughes an edge on PUR perfect binding jobs
Hughes added “We had a 530P already and were happy with how that machine performed, plus we have other Vivid equipment including an EasyMount Air 1600 and we had a demonstration the new equipment’s capability at exhibitions such as the Print Show in Telford. We are very satisfied with the service and support Vivid offer.”
“I was really happy that we got a very reasonable exchange on our old kit, which gave us additional confidence in investing in a new system when considering the devaluation rate of equipment.”
The new 20m/minute system was installed by Vivid staff who also supplied comprehensive training to the Hughes team on-site.
The Matrix is a modular system that can grow with a printer’s business. It offers lamination, foiling and Spot UV effects capability supporting Vivid’s wide range of Aqua Aura Foils and Boss films including news inclusions such as printable matt and gloss. Features such as pneumatic rollers and stabilised temperature control ensure consistent results across long runs and repeatability on re-runs reducing waste and saving time and money. Details of the range can be found at:
Vivid Laminating Technologies Ltd has added to the extensive range of Boss laminating films and Aqua Aura foils. All have been tested to work on the Matrix Foil and Lamination System with further additions regularly being added.
New film additions include a printable matt and gloss which are already proving hugely popular. Additionally, there are new films offering 40% extra bonding strength and faster curing time supporting virtually instant crease/cut processing. Last but not least there are new bio-degradable films for environmentally sensitive applications.
New patterned spot UV effects have been introduced to the foil range including a stunning ‘cracked ice’ effect.
The Matrix System supports a wide range of films and foils due to its pneumatic rollers and variable temperature range. The temperature is electronically stabilised meaning that jobs run consistently from start to finish, reducing wastage, and that they are repeatable. The Matrix is a modular system allowing a print shop to add to the system as its business grows – for example by adding the OmniFlow deep pile feeder at a later date.
Vivid are exclusive lamination partners for Color-Logic Special Effects for Print software which enables users to create 250 metallic shades from a single Aqua Aura silver foil.
Matrix users are not restricted to foiling only on soft touch because Vivid’s laminates are fully compatible with foils and spot UV effects.