Image Data installs ‘game-changing’ Duplo multifinisher
Brighton-based printer Image Data has purchased a Duplo DC-746, the company’s top of the range multifinisher which retails at £48,000.
The machine was installed at the beginning of June with installation and training conducted on the same day and within the government guidelines.
‘Purchasing the multifinisher was a no-brainer,’ explained operations director Jason Vivian. ‘I’d been looking at a Duplo multifinisher for a few years now for our short-run digital printed leaflets, business cards, tickets, flyers, coupons and greetings cards, but a few things needed to fall in place first.
‘Now that it has been installed it is a major asset to the team and has sped up the processing of different jobs. Trimming business cards on a guillotine is simply a nightmare and not cost-effective. Many designers do not really understand the printing process, so when creating artwork do not take into account any possible image shift or paper shrinkage so then when cutting on a guillotine, business cards and other similar applications can look very poorly produced. The DC-746 with its CCD registration scans and adjusts the position on the fly giving me a perfect finish every time – it is a game-changer.’
The company produces work on five Xerox digital presses, including the first iGen 150 to be installed in the UK, an iGen5, a Versant 2100 and 2 Nuvera twin-engine mono presses.
Mr Vivian explained, ‘With 80% of our finishing using Duplo equipment we’ve found that the combination of Xerox printers and Duplo finishing cannot be beaten. This includes a Duplo DBM-600 booklet-making system that we predominantly bought because of the long sheet finishing and landscape booklet making which we upgraded from the DBM-350 – It’s quick and its flexible. We do our perfect binding on the Duplo DPB-500 semi-automatic binder and can achieve up to 100 books/hour. We’ve invested over £3 million over the last three years; we’ve found keeping up with technology makes great business sense, and our customers appreciate it, especially when we can offer newer and better products that are in line with their own goals.’
The DC-746 has a maximum speed of 50 sheets per minute, it can process up to 10 slits, 30 cuts and 20 creases in a single pass, producing over 350 business cards, or 120 A5 greetings cards or just under 200 A5 postcards in a minute. The device is fully automated and has EFI XML integration, with built-in CCD scanner and reads barcodes and registration marks.