Print-Leeds has expanded its wide format operation, buying the Screen Truepress Jet 3200UV to replace what was the UK’s first TPJ 1600UV when installed in 2010.
Since then the company has grown through the acquisition of S&C Labels in 2012 and installation of a seven-colour plus coater B1 Heidelberg Speedmaster CX102 a year later with a move to new premises in the Stanningley district of the Yorkshire city. The investment on the point of sale side comes in response to changing market conditions, says managing director Rod Fisher.
“Since 2010 not only have runs got shorter and deadlines tighter, but clients are much more aware of the potential of digital for POS applications. So it’s time to upgrade.”
The W3200 UV is built by Inca Digital in Cambridge where growing demand for the printer is leading to considerations on changing production technology. Currently frames for the printer are built in-house, but if demand continues to build, Inca is prepared to bring these from an outside supplier as it does for the larger Onset machines. It has already introduced innovations to ensure that the bed of the 3.2metre wide printer is absolutely flat.
Print-Leeds has bought the ST version of the flatbed printer, printing at up to 85m2 an hour, ten times the throughput of the earlier machine. Says Fisher: “Because we also wanted to up our productivity, the faster output speed was a big factor, plus other features that improve throughput. For example, the retractable lay pins, which guarantee accurate, repeatable substrate registration, and the zoned vacuum bed, which reduces masking.”
The machine offers eight colour channels to include light cyan and light magenta and white on materials from papers and films to substrates 50mm thick. UV curing ensures that ink is dried instantly. The accuracy of the print allows the W3200 to overprint the same image multiple times to generate 3D effects. It also able to print on the reverse of plastic lenses used for lenticular displays.
It can also print lenticular work on the UV litho press where it has built an understanding of printing to plastics to extend the capability of the press from wet glue labels for the drinks industry and carton printing into smaller format point of sale, packaging and plastic cards.
Print-Leeds has replaced a Screen W1600 UV flatbed printer with the latest W3200 UV, able to run ten times as fast.
Rod Fisher says he had no qualms about returning to Screen as a supplier.