11 December 2016 Print Companies

Image Data shifts to latest generation iGen in Brighton

The retail print group has upgraded its small format digital operation with two new Xerox presses.

ImageData Group has spent £400,000 to upgrade facilities at its Brighton cut sheet digital site.

The company has bought a Xerox iGen5 and a Versant 2100, which combined will increase capacity by 20% over the two iGen3s being replaced. The company will retain an iGen 150 and says that the investment will boost capacity by 20%. It also runs two Never 288 mono presses.

ImageData has not chosen the fifth colour option which is available for the iGen5. Instead it will run with long sheet capacity to produce landscape A4 and six page brochures.

Jason Vivian, operations director in Brighton, says: “We specialist in variable data printing, pesonalisation and secure printing of a huge range of documents and publications.

“This is a natural progression for us. we have been with Xerox for more than 30 years and we believe these machines are the best at what they do. Xerox equipment is at the forefront of digital technology.”

The additional capacity comes with the faster throughput on the iGen5 and increase in automation. It will run at 1,590ppm, a 35% increase over the iGen3. A 2400dpi resolution delivers the additional quality while the matte ink that Xerox has developed for this press results in a more litho-like appearance for the finished sheet. This can be on anything from 60gsm to 350gsm.

“The improved speed and efficiency of the iGen 5 and the Versant 2100 will significantly improve our production capacity and enable us to continue to provide our clients with the very best in customer service from a speed, quality and flexibility perspective,” he says.

The investment in Brighton follows on from installation of an Inca Onset X3 at its Howden site which specialises in large format inkjet printing. This is the fastest flatbed printer in the Inca portfolio running at up to 180 beds an hour with automated handling systems.

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