Gomer Press is set to move to LE-UV production this Christmas to meet customer demand for the highest quality standards in short run book work.
A Speedmaster XL 106-4-P LE-UV will be installed by Heidelberg engineers during the Llandysul plant’s two week Christmas shutdown as this is the only time the company could swap presses due to busy work schedules.
The company undertook six months of research and considered conventional UV, LED-UV and LE-UV. It talked to all the main suppliers – KBA, Komori and Heidelberg - before making the buying decision. It saw a demonstration at Heidelberg UK’s HQ in Brentford and visited an existing user running LE-UV before heading to Wiesloch in Germany to spend a day of extensive testing using their own files on a variety of papers.
“We produce a range of limp and casebound books, including art books, where high quality print standards are critical. Some customers don’t want to use coatings because it flattens the colour and so this made LE-UV especially interesting to us,” says Jonathan Lewis, managing director. “Also some of our work carries a lot of colour and this can cause issues with set off and marking issues in the bindery. As there is no need for the use of spray powder the print has a much smoother, tactile feel and we get the added advantage of a cleaner working environment throughout the factory.”
The press will feature the latest Push to Stop technology including Intellistart 2, Autoplate Pro, InkStar and Inpress Control 2 spectral measurement. This means that production automation is maximised, and with Push to Stop the new press will be very efficient. Alongside the new press the company will also implement Prinect workflow updates and add a new Polar pile turner.
The B1 press will run 24/5 (with weekend overtime as required) alongside a Speedmaster SM 52-4-P and a Versafire CP digital press that was installed at the beginning of the year.
“Publishers are giving us plenty of short-run work (under 2,000 typically) where our competitive costs and rapid turn round times make it attractive to keep print in the UK,” concludes Lewis.