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PacPrint 2017

Print automation comes of age at Currie Group

Progress towards automated manufacturing is the defining movement of the printing industry. Building on the value first delivered by automated work-flows, the entire production line of prepress, print and finishing is now being transformed by the addition of labour-saving computerised equipment. Investments in automation are the next big wave for the printing industry as it catches up to other manufacturing sectors. At PacPrint, Currie Group, the leading graphic supply company, is showcasing the future of printing with an amazing demonstration of automation, interconnectivity and robotics across its stand.

The file is already loaded into the HP Indigo 12000, the B2-size digital press that is bench-marking digital print quality and productivity. The file is of a perfect-bound, hard-cover book of 88-pages over a print run of less than 20. Its success in emerging at the other end of the process as a ‘ready for market’ product with no touch points along the way is the start of a new era in print production that is set to transform the industry.

To follow the progress of the book file is to chart the transformation that has already altered print production. As a result of digital processes and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) printing is well on its way to being an automated manufacturing industry. Currie Group has long been a leader in this development by representing such iconic brands as HP Indigo digital presses and Horizon finishing equipment to mention but two of its many leading agencies. Add such names as Scodix for digital foiling and varnishing, ABGi for digital web converting, Cron for CTP, Daeho with cutting equipment and Foliant laminators, and there is a complete picture of how the printing industry will operate in the future.

Once the book file shows up in the digital front end (DFE) on the HP Indigo 12000, it joins any number of other jobs lining up for auto-mated production. The benefit of being able to print job after job without the need to change plates is one of the most striking advantages of the new era of printing. Once printed on both sides the file is transferred automatically to the Horizon SmartStacker. Here the output is cut and folded into sheets, ready for binding.

A Sawyer Collaborative Robot then picks up and transfers the stacked sheets to the adjacent Horizon BQ-480 perfect binder and Horizon HT-1000V three-knife trimmer, where a completed book is produced, all without a touch point.

According to Phillip Rennell, sales and marketing director Currie Group, the print and binding line is a perfect example of the benefits of smart technology integration. “Putting together a production line of automated and compatible machinery makes good sense. It not only speeds up production but thanks to automatic settings it can adjust for different sizes of work without intervention,” he said.

“The perfect bound book line is only one of a number of automated lines we have on the Currie Group stand. Not all of them are completely inline as there’s always a call for standalone equipment but they’re all intelligently linked either through the workflow network or by reading barcodes. This is the future of printing.”

Perfect booklet making

A similar level of interconnectivity and automation can be seen in the production of booklets from the HP Indigo 7900 digital press. This leading SRA3+ format digital sheetfed press also has intelligent automation that queues jobs in optimal sequence to enable non-stop printing. Automated colour print quality control as well as an enhanced productivity mode maintains the high level of quality and accuracy of output and reduces energy costs.

In a world first at PacPrint, Currie Group will demonstrate how the HP Indigo 7900 can be hooked inline with a Horizon Bookletmaker to deliver end-to-end productivity. The Horizon Bookletmaker takes the sheets from the HP Indigo and in one operation stitches and folds, hole punches and trims to deliver a finished product onto the conveyor at the far end. All without a single touch point.

These two automated print lines on the Currie Group stand represent the finest process integration in the printing industry. “It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, the right level of automation can transform your printing company. It will make you more productive and competitive and with the right partners and equipment it’s not that difficult to do,” said Rennell.

Variations on the theme

At this Currie Group PacPrint stand there is an outstanding exhibition of Horizon finishing equipment, much of it new, all of it able to be linked into a production matrix.

According to Bernie Robinson, managing director, Currie Group, this is one of the largest displays of Horizon finishing equipment ever assembled in Australia. “We have a lot of kit on the stand. It shows our good relationship with strong partners. Horizon and HP together give people a lot of confidence.

There are many pieces of Horizon equipment out there in the field that are coming up for replacement. We’ve got over 100 Horizon StitchLiner 5500s installed over many years. It’s still available but we’re also showing the new Horizon StitchLiner Mark III, which is a very different machine in terms of speed and productivity,” he said.

The new StitchLiner Mark III is a fine example of how Horizon manufactures to meet customer demand. As the production level and speed of digital printing continues to increase, printers require a more robust machine to produce high-quality saddle-stitched books. On the Currie Group stand the Stitchliner Mark lll will be connected to a Horizon HOF-400 digital sheet feeder. The StitchLiner Mark lll produces a superior A4 landscape booklet at up to 5,300 units per hour. Other finishing equipment on the Currie Group stand includes the Horizon RD-4055 die-cutter that will be producing presentation folders live every day.

A variety of creaser folders will emphasize Currie Group’s engagement with the widest range of industry sectors. There is the Horizon CRF-362 creaser folder designed to handle the unique requirements of creasing and folding digital colour as well as the Horizon AFC-566FKT cross folder, a high performance, fully-automated cross-knife folding machine.

One of the standout items to see will be the SmartSlitter, which can crease, perforate and cut in a single pass. Two brands of guillotines, a Horizon APC-610 and a Daeho i780, will demonstrate how reading a barcode can trigger automatic set up.

Two industrial level laminating machines, the Foliant Vega 400 and the Foliant Taurus 530, show how simple techniques can add value to printing, especially for posters.

On the prepress side, the flagship Cron CTP will be well represented, again with two models, the Cron TP-46 and the Cron 26H. These economical but productive machines have been a huge success since Robinson first brought them to Australia/NZ from China five years ago.

Digital foils shine at PacPrint

Closing the digital production loop is the next step for the commercial and industrial printer of the future. The Scodix Ultra Pro digital enhancement press (pictured) is winning fans in a wide range of printing companies with its ease of operation and automated production.

Delivering brightly embellished printing products in real time on the Currie Group PacPrint stand, the new Scodix Ultra Pro will be equipped with the optional foil station to showcase the ultimate in print value-adding in a fully digital environment. The Scodix Ultra Pro is the most productive digital enhancement press yet and empowers commercial printers and folding-carton converters to deliver tangible enhancements for a wide variety of applications; marketing literature, stationery items, book covers, boxes and premium packages, greeting cards, photo albums with VDP capabilities based on a barcode system, and more.

The press is a viable alternative to conventional analogue embellishment eliminating the need for dies, plates, moulds and other costly materials. It allows printers to take the process in-house, saving time and maintaining control over production with an estimated break-even point of around 9,000 sheets.

The Scodix Ultra Pro on the Currie Group stand is fitted with the optional Scodix Foil Station, an inline module delivering foil enhancement, including high gloss, embossed and a variety of densities for short to medium runs.

Digital industrial printing

Labels and packaging are proving more attractive to commercial printers who recognise they can enter the growing field with the right investment in appropriate equipment. Currie Group has assembled an array of digitally based industrial printing and production equipment that can link up to take advantage of new market opportunities.

HP Indigo is the largest supplier of digital label presses in the world. With over 90 percent of the local market, the brand has proven its value to Australian and New Zealand label converters large and small. At this PacPrint, Currie Group is showcasing an end-to-end label line based on the iconic brand.

According to Mark Daws, general manager labels and packaging division, this PacPrint will be a water-shed for the Australian and NZ industry. “The HP Indigo 8000 is going to be well received in the local market. Not only does it offer the quality and versatility that our customers have come to enjoy with the Indigo technology, it does it at the fastest speeds available with digital platforms today. This increases the crossover point between digital and conventional jobs addressing much longer job runs that today would be printed using conventional press technology, offering greater than ever flexibility,” said Daws.

“The HP Indigo 8000 press will demonstrate the latest colour capabilities and will be printing using the Premium White ElectroInk, which can achieve the highest levels of opacity, benchmarking against traditional screen-printed white ink.

“Whilst in Australia and New Zealand the typical run lengths are less than 4,000 linear metres, there is still the need for longer, multi-SKU print runs, such as in the pharmaceutical industry.

“The shift towards digital printing has been dramatic over the last four years. Many converters are driving the majority of their jobs through a digital press of some form and in some cases using several digital devices. The HP Indigo 8000 (pictured) offers the opportunity to reshape mainstream production by handling the longest and most demanding jobs with a simplified workflow and more flexibility.”

The HP Indigo 8000 is the digital press that changed the game for label converters. At up to 80 metres per minute, it is designed to handle the longest and most demanding label jobs. Using up to seven ink stations with liquid ElectroInk technology it prints 97 percent of the Pantone colour range on press using CMYK plus.

The highly automated digital label press uses the HP workflow suite powered by Esko with integrated prepress and converting from partners including ABGi. The new ABGi Digicon Series 3 is the latest iteration of digital converting equipment from the UK-based firm that has more than 1,000 installations around the world. It backs onto an ABGi Omega SRI Rewinder fitted with an AVT Helios S Turbo, automatic inspection system.

Currie Group at your service

Service is a vital part of looking after customers, especially those that invest in mission-critical equipment for printing. At the Currie Group stand at PacPrint printers will be able to meet Marcus Robinson, service manager for Australia & New Zealand, to discuss all things service.

“We’re all about promoting more equipment uptime and less service intervention. At PacPrint we’re showcasing a live camera feed into our Currie Care Centre showing our remote support capabilities. Customers will be able to see firsthand how we can help them and they can help themselves with our remote diagnostic tools,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve been able to showcase our state of the art care centre in conjunction with the new remote support tools available.

Currie Group has one of the largest service and support teams in the industry with in excess of 50 field engineers across the region. Eight engineers staff the remote support care centres in Melbourne and Auckland. In total, 69 percent of Currie Group staff work within the customer support areas.

Robinson, an 18-year veteran with the company, is dedicated to developing a world-class service for Currie Group customers and is looking forward to meeting as many as possible over the four days at PacPrint. “We are fully committed to ensure all of our customers receive the highest level of service and support.

Automation is one of the main features of the Currie Group stand at PacPrint but there is another aspect to it, according to Rob Dunnett, CEO. “Connectivity is where we stand out. Other brands connect only to their own equipment but at Currie, interconnectivity means that every piece of equipment is linked in,” he said. Tasked with ensuring everything is running smoothly on the stand, Dunnett says he’s looking forward to meeting all Currie customers when they visit the stand.

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