Agfa’s Jeti Tauro achieves the platinum standard
Harrogate printer, Platinum HPL has invested in a new Agfa Jeti Tauro H2500 LED print engine, offering speeds four times faster than the machine it replaced.
The team at the family-run business, Platinum HPL, decided to invest in a new wide-format print machine to replace the Agfa Anapurna they purchased three years ago. Whilst a new Anapurna would have provided increased speed and quality, it decided to invest in a new Jeti Tauro H2500 LED hybrid printer delivering six colours, plus white and primer print. The latter has enabled the company to offer in-line mapped priming and delivers four times the output yet uses less ink due to Agfa’s thin ink layering technology. Driven by the Agfa Asanti workflow, The Jeti Tauro was installed in May this year.
Platinum HPL is a full-service printer founded by David and Marina Wyvill 30 years ago with one small litho press. Whilst offset litho remains the largest part of the business today, it also expanded into small format digital printing that led to the creation of a mailing department around seven years ago. At around the same time, it acquired a large format Canon Oce Arizona flatbed in order to offer its customers a broader range of printed POS and display material.
Anthony Wyvill (pictured right above), the Commercial Director for the group and son of the founders, explained: “At present, it’s the large format side of the business that is growing at the fastest rate. We were looking for a machine that would offer us a lot more capacity and speed to cope with the increasing number of jobs that require a very quick turn-around. We tested a lot of print samples when looking for a new printer and the Agfa machine, in our opinion, delivered the best quality. That’s something we are particularly keen on here at Platinum, perhaps due to our Litho printing roots. So, we’ve replaced the Anapurna and now have the Jeti Tauro to run alongside an Oce Arizona.”
The Jeti Tauro is a hybrid printer with an integrated roll-to-roll system that enables manual, continuous and automated feeding of both rigid and flexible materials. It includes 32 fast-firing Ricoh inkjet print heads, each with four nozzle rows offering two colours per head.
Platinum HPL, which took over Harrogate Printing (HPL) in 2016, currently employs 50 staff on its 2,230sqm, four-unit facility in Harrogate, most of whom are employed in a production capacity. The business prides itself on offering its loyal customer base a full service for all their printing needs. David and Marina Wyvill are still involved in the business although their Sales Director daughter Samantha Moulson and son Anthony are taking gradually taking over.
The increasingly busy large format department, which is led by Paul Killeen, (pictured centre above) supplies everything from one-off window displays, creative printing on acrylic, vinyl and wallpapers, to pull up and outdoor banners, exhibition stands, hoardings and packaging. The new Jeti Tauro is not only quicker but also enables the business to offer many new products too. As well as being ISO 9001 and 27001 registered, Platinum HPL is an ISO 140001 accredited company and this investment also adds to its environmental commitment with the Tauro LED lights consuming 50 percent less energy and Agfa’s thin ink layer technology leading to a reduction in ink usage. In fact, the ink is now GreenGuard gold certified too meaning its low-emission properties make it suitable for use in sensitive environments such as schools and hospitals.
Anthony Wyvil concluded: “It’s still early days, but we are very impressed with the results of the Agfa Jeti Tauro to date. The quality of the print is excellent and I really can’t fault the service we have received from the Agfa business across all departments. We are looking forward to consistently expanding our large format offering and creating some amazing print in the future!”
For further information on Platinum HPL, visit: www.platinumhpl.co.uk
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