“I never thought I would be buying another litho press,” says managing director Philip Dodd. “There have been a number of occasions when the XL has been over full with work that I can’t switch to the digital presses. And it’s nice to have the back up.” The company had originally been a specialist B3 printer only moving to the larger sheet format in recent years.
At this point, Robert Rowe, handling sales for UK distributor M Partners, was on hand to explain the virtues of LED UV printing. M Partners was able to offer an unused three year old press that was available as a result of an insurance claim and which was at the right price for the printer. This enabled a swift installation and the press is already up and running at the Ipswich factory.
RMGT joint managing director Mark Stribley says: “Having reviewed their workload, Healeys could see the gap in production that exists in many print businesses – work that is too long a run to be produced economically on digital but does not quite justify moving to a B2 or larger offset press. Our “DigitalXtra” focus hits that spot. Fast, economical printing on a wide range of stocks with instant drying of the sheets.”
It has the format of the digital machines, can take on work that becomes too costly to make sense on digital, and can support the Heidelberg litho press. There are few litho presses installed at this format with the rise of digital printing. However, litho remains a cheaper cost per page option for all but the shortest runs and instant drying provides most of the attributes of digital printing, the ability to personalise on the fly being the key exception.
For Dodd, the addition of LED UV opens the way to print work and in turn, to print vibrant colours on uncoated papers.
By Gareth Ward