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Consistently accurate colour

Consistently accurate colour

Johnsons Printers of Nantwich has complemented its litho and digital printing services with an all-new wide-format division equipped with an Anapurna M2500i high-speed hybrid inkjet printer, Acorta flatbed cutter and Asanti workflow solution.

Established in 1827, Johnsons Printers has never been slow to adopt new technology, which it uses to provide its customers with a comprehensive range of services, ranging from graphic design, through to litho and digital printing and direct mail.

The team of 35, managed by John McMillan, has built a reputation for producing high quality print for design agencies and many well-known national brands, an increasing number of which expect a complete all-round print service. In the past, this necessitated the outsourcing of wide-format display material, but image quality and colour matching was a recurring problem.

John McMillan, Managing Director of Johnsons Printers explained: “The ability to print consistently accurate colour is crucially important when replicating our customers’ brand identities. Fortunately, we are able to reproduce this whether a job is printed by litho or digital processes, but the challenge was to provide the same quality of service when producing wide-format display material too.”

With the intention of investing in a true flatbed printer, the company examined a wide range of options from different manufacturers, but was immediately impressed with the Anapurna M2500iwhen it visited Agfa’s headquarters earlier this year.

A high-speed, hybrid UV-curable inkjet system, that offers six-colour printing, plus a printing width of 2.5 metres, it is the ideal choice for sign shops, digital print companies, photo labs and mid-sized graphic screen printers producing high quality, outdoor and indoor graphics on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media.

Thanks to a re-engineered belt drive and shuttle beam, the Anapurna M2500i delivers a highly accurate dot positioning and excellent image quality that is further enhanced by the three-pass mode with gradient functionality.In addition, the white ink function facilitates printing onto transparent material for backlit applications or for printing white as a spot colour. An automatic board feeder furtherincreases its productivity

John McMillan continued: “The quality was superior to anything else we had seen and it can also print up to 115m²/h as well as imaging two 1.2 x1.5m boards side-by-side, while the 2.5m wide roll-to-roll printing offers even great versatility, but the missing element was colour management. Happily, we already knew the advantages that Agfa’s Apogee workflow offers, so the Asanti software was a priority, as was theAcorta cutting station.  Together they combine to providea complete wide format digital printing package,which means we just have one number to call if ever we need assistance.”

In the short time since the equipment was installed, Johnsons Printers has received encouraging feedback from numerous customers and the four staff membersemployed in its wide-format division have been kept busy from day one. In fact, the investment has had a very positive impact on the overall business.

John concluded: “We’ve used Agfa prepress equipment for many years and thus knew we could rely on its service and support. Setting up this wide-format display division has meant a considerable investment and I can honestly say that Agfa has provided first class support every inch of the way, together with a first rate machine!

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