23 March 2014 Printing/Print Companies

Superior invests in each division

A second Inca S40 and two new guillotines boost production capacity in Wiltshire.

FULL SERVICE PRINTER SUPERIOR, Melksham, has installed a second Inca S40 wide format flatbed press a year after taking delivery of its first S40. “We needed it to relieve pressure on the first machine,” says production director Stewart Powell, “we’re now in the process of filling it with work.”

The company, serving retail and brand customers, has enjoyed a good recession, building on this customer base with growth across large format digital, small format digital and litho. This has also led to investment in the latter areas as well as in large format. “We changed direction four or five years ago, got involved with new technology and continue to look at investment in other areas, with litho as a big part of that,” he says. “We are very much a solutions company to our customers.”

THE 150 STRONG BUSINESS EMPLOYS 20 designers, offering digital print and direct mail, through to fulfilment. Most is for retail and brands, some work for agencies. The new Inca will run with Fujifilm's Uvijet OC inks, aimed at indoor applications, primarily corrugated or fluted board for POP displays.

The small format digital arm was started six years ago with a Konica Minolta and EBA guillotine to cut down printed work. But with the addition of a Kodak Nexpress, the guillotine became a bottleneck. That has been eased by replacing the old cutter with a Polar 78 N Plus, a guillotine able to cut a stack three times the height of the EBA. The Nexpress offers more accurate image placement, so cutting a deeper stack of digital print is no longer an issue.

POWELL EXPLAINS: "IT IS five or six times faster and, coupled with its programmability, this allows us to cut at least three times the volume. Our digital work throughput has grown and we needed a guillotine better suited to the workload. Now one person can cut all the work in just a few hours where previously we had to run the machine for ten hours to complete the work.”

The company also has a Morgana Documaster to handle creasing folding and stitching of digitally printed work.

GUILLOTINING ON THE LITHO side has been enhanced with the addition of a Transomat unloading table. This has been added to the Polar 115 and takes work from its long perfecting B1 Komori. The benefits show through when handling multiples of small jobs on a sheet. “With shelf cards and small, multiple cut work we previously needed an assistant but now cutting is a one man job. On this type of work you could argue it had doubled our output but even on standard leaflets it could be 15 to 20% quicker,” he explains. “And the operator is able to work at a steady pace through his shift.”

Space for the Transomat came from reorganisation of the area and construction of a two storey area for hand finishing and packing. Its next move will be to look at bringing its litho division up to scratch.


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Second Onset for Superior

Second Onset for Superior

The company, serving retail and brand customers, has enjoyed a good recession, building on this customer base with growth across large format digital, small format digital and litho.

This has also led to investment in the latter areas as well as in large format. “We changed direction four or five years ago, got involved with new technology and continue to look at investment in other areas, with litho as a big part of that,” says production director Stuart Powell. “We are very much a solutions company to our customers.”


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