10 June 2018 Print Companies

Crescent invests heavily in transition to digital printing

Crescent Press is staking its future on digital printing with investment in finishing to accompany an HP Indigo 12000.

Crescent Press has introduced five pieces of finishing equipment to its Solihull factory as it continues a move to stress short run digital printing rather than offset litho.

The 21-year-old company has already installed an HP Indigo 12000 to bolster its commercial digital printing arm this year, adding to extensive large format inkjet printing capacity. Now to complement the extra digital print capacity, it has taken delivery of a swathe of finishing equipment from Horizon.

This is led by a StitchLiner MkIII accompanied by a BQ270BV single-clamp perfect binder, SmartSlitter, HT30 trimmer, and CRF. Each has been specified with the B2 digital press in mind.

Managing director Andy Matthews says: “We have made the investment to enhance our overall digital offering and enable us to offer a full range of printed products, produced in-house with fast turnaround and minimal waste. It includes hardware and software to create a smooth and streamlined process with as few bottlenecks as possible.  

“The Horizon equipment, together with the HP Indigo 12000, all feature full automation to give the highest efficiency possible from order to completion of the finished product.” 

The StitchLiner, for example, has a high speed sheet feeder which will accept sheets directly from the new press and deliver stitched products to A4 landscape in format. Makeready on the machine is around 1 minute with a running speed of 6,000cph across all the majority of formats and substrates.

The SmartSlitter is equally focused on automating finishing of digitally printed sheets from the Indigo. This will perforate, crease and slit to deliver stacks of finished products that are ready to go in a hands off operation.

“We will now be able to offer new possibilities such as tear out coupons and short run business cards,” says Matthews. “It will help us maximise the capabilities of the Indigo press confident that we can complete the work.”

Barcodes are used to automate makeready with image tracking to measure production quality.

Smaller sheets can be handled on the CRF362 a creaser folder that replaces an existing machine with faster and simpler makeready for its existing products.

It continues to operate a ten-colour B2 Speedmaster, which was used as part of one of six printers in the network printing stamps of Olympic gold medal winners for Royal Mail in 2012.

Gareth Ward

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