French commercial printer Simon Graphic installs Prinect solution from Heidelberg to fully integrate platesetter, folding machine, and stitching machinery, increasing automation at all steps of production, meeting goals for environmental safety
July 1, 2014
This integrated solution from Heidelberg saves Simon Graphic a great deal of energy, while the individual machines' high levels of automation and end-to-end color management lead to a significant reduction in paper waste. Simon Graphic is the only print shop in France to work with fully carbon-offset equipment - from prepress and press right through to postpress operations. All CO 2 emissions generated during production and transportation are offset in full.
LE UV shortens delivery times and offers customers new options
"In my printing career there have been three revolutionary developments - Computer-to-Plate, Prinect Inpress Control, and the launch of LE UV technology. We first encountered Prinect Inpress Control in 2009 with the delivery of our Speedmaster XL 75, which was also the first press of this type installed in France. The system ensures consistently uniform inking and optimum print quality. Naturally, the Speedmaster XL 106 with LE UV technology is also equipped with Prinect Inpress Control," says Simon.
According to his brother Antoine Simon, the print shop's Commercial Director, LE UV technology is ideal for meeting customers' demands for ever shorter throughput times and ever shorter runs. "LE UV makes us more flexible and opens up new opportunities. For example, we're now able to process substrates that are considered to be problematic just as easily as standard paper. When it comes to paper for creative applications, we achieve top results without any significant difficulties in production. Dispensing with a protective coating enables our customers to benefit from the paper's natural properties and texture as well as sharper color contrasts. Thanks to the quality and exceptional gloss of the coatings, complex special effects can be achieved without using powder and with lower energy consumption," he explains.
The new Speedmaster XL 106 currently prints exclusively with LE UV inks, but the coating unit supports both LE UV and conventional UV coatings. This makes the press ideal for Simon Graphic's customers, most of whom are looking for high-quality print products with a wide range of coatings, including high gloss, matt, and silk matt.
In addition to offering added value for customers, enhanced productivity throughout the production process also delivers cost-efficiency and helps the company meet environ-mental targets. "Simply by dispensing with powdering, we've raised productivity in perfecting printing by 30 percent. All print sheets are output to a perfect standard, regardless of substrate and print speed, which we usually harness to the full up to the maximum of 18,000 sheets per hour. The time saved in postpress is impressive and our printers' work is made much easier. A detailed analysis of production times and costs with the Prinect Pressroom Manager revealed that the productivity gains achieved more than compensate for the higher costs of the consumables," sums up François Simon.