Integrity is running the first live jobs on a Canon Colorstream 6700 Chroma that the Midsomer Norton company has installed in the last month.
The continuous feed inkjet press joins a VarioPrint 300 cutsheet inkjet press that has proved a hit for the business since installation at the start of the year. Together with a Nipson mono press, the three press investment has completed a transformation of the mailing area of the business that had been built on a pair of Xerox continuous feed mono machines and various cut sheet presses.
The transformation has been brought about following the appointment of Chris Walton, who joined the business 18 months ago. “The whole place has been transformed over the last nine to 12 months with investment in four large pieces of kit. And over the past three weeks there has been a faultless installation of the Colorstream,” he says.
“There has been strong interest from customers, because there is a lot of work we handle that is short run litho that we have had to turn away. We will not need to do that. At the moment if there’s a litho job that needs a reel and half or less of paper, the amount of waste means it makes no sense for us to print. Now we can go from one job to another on the digital press, on the same papers, with no waste.”
The VarioPrint i300 has been operating like this: a run for Clarity hybrid mail of 30,000 pages with low ink coverage on 90gsm paper was immediately followed by 350,000 A6 high coverage post cards in 17 variations for a mail shot. This would previously have been a litho job, taking longer and involving outside suppliers. The company has been printing almost double the volume on the i300 than it had initially expected.
The area that the Canon machines occupy has been transformed out of recognition, prompting CEO Mark Cornford to congratulate Walton. “He has left us to get on with things and hadn’t been around to see progress. Then he came around for a full inspection after not seeing it for a few weeks and dropped a note to say how tremendously proud he was.”
The shake up of production has moved the enclosing lines into a new secure area and introduced a second Hunkeler line for finishing from the printed reels. Friedheim International has supplied the unwind and rewind units for the Colorstream. Now it has installed a finishing line able to create mailers with perforating and punching with web alignment to ensure quality.
Sales and marketing director Andrew Law says: “This new investment ensures that we now have the technology and capacity to compete for significant contracts in the ‘white paper’ market, a key requirement to fuel our ambitious growth target of growing the Secure Mailing Division into a £20m business. The Colorstream is a transformative investment, creating significant growth capacity while enabling us to produce existing work far more efficiently, reducing waste and set up times significantly.”
There will be an immediate transition of work that has been over printed previously on litho preprinted shells. “We can convert a lot of work we do to run as white paper,” says Walton. “We will also be printing wrap for commercial printers and mailing houses to run on their mailing lines on a trade basis where they don’t have the resources to buy this sort of kit. We have the full ISO 27001 to assure them we handle data securely.”