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JPL Print & Design selects an Agfa Jeti Tauro to boost production

JPL Print & Design selects an Agfa Jeti Tauro to boost production

The image shows (l-r), Mark Kay and Mike Harrold

Although JPL Print & Design had been producing quality print for a variety of customers for over 20 years, the decision to expand into digital printing was only taken when the company acquired a second, larger unit at the Coombswood Business Park in Halesowen, thus enabling it to house its short-run digital and conventional litho at the new site and locate the complete wide-format operation in the original building.

Jim Lynch, joint Managing Director of JPL, explained: “When we first looked at wide-format display we realised that a substantial amount of the finishing was done by hand. Then, around five years ago, we saw the Zund cutting table, which helped solve that problem and decided to invest in wide-format. I value good business relationships with our suppliers and, since we had been dealing with Agfa and its subsidiary Litho Supplies for a number of years and always found them to be both friendly and professional, they were our first stop when it came to purchasing wide-format kit.”

JPL takes pride in the quality of print it produces and works to FOGRA and ISO standards in all areas of production. JoinT Managing Director, Mark Kay, observed: “We find that many sign and display producers don’t look at image quality in the same detail as we do. Several years back, before we invested in wide-format, we asked a number of customers if they would give us their display business and they said that they would, providing the quality was a close match to our litho work,”

Agfa produces its own UV LED inks, which offer one of the widest colour gamuts in the market, while the pigment content reduces consumption per square metre, helping to reduce costs. The inks also provide outstanding adhesion and image longevity even when used outdoors.

Mark Kay continued: “We first saw the Jeti Tauro last year when we visited Drupa and then we went to Agfa’s showroom in Belgium for further demonstrations. The image quality is impressive and far better than anything else we have seen, so the decision was taken to upgrade to the Jeti Tauro, which offers both roll-to-roll and flatbed printing. I especially like the fact that Agfa makes its own inks that achieve amazing results whilst only laying down the thinnest of ink layers, and without affecting print speeds, which are fantastic.”

The Jeti Tauro LED is a robust hybrid UV LED printer that is engineered for 24/7 production environments and can print on to an extensive variety of rigid and flexible substrates as wide as 2.54m and is capable of throughput speeds of up to 275m2/hr. It comes as standard with manual media loading tables, which are ideal for smaller runs. For larger runs or runs with multiple board stacks, the engine’s automatic feeding and unloading system further optimises productivity.

The Agfa UV-curable inks work in perfect harmony with the 32 printheads of which 24 print in colour and eight are dedicated to the provision of pre- and post-white and/or primer.

To shorten prepress procedures, avoid errors, minimise manual interventions and simplify the entire printing process Agfa has developed Asanti, an easy-to-use wide-format workflow software.

This complete, automated sign and display production hub features Agfa Graphics’ award-winning colour management solution and is integrated with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE). It offers highly specific functionalities (e.g. nesting, see-through concept, proofing support) and fast, automatic pre-flighting and can be installed on an in-house server or accessed via Agfa Cloud, which is ideal for companies with multi-sites.

Mike Harrold, Sales Director at JPL, concluded: “Over the past couple of years we have invested in a new Heidelberg XL75 5-colour press, as well as a CP Heidelberg Digital Press. Now, the Agfa Jeti Tauro really sets us apart and will make a significant difference to our future potential – we couldn’t be happier!”

 

For further information on JPL Print & Design, visit: www.jplprint.com

For further information on Agfa’s product portfolio, visit: www.agfa.com

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