UK book printer adopts Screen SC inks

A British book printer, PrintOnDemand-WorldWide, based in Peterborough, has started using Screen’s SC ink with its Truepress Jet520 HD inkjet press.

Andy Cork (center), founder and Managing Director of Printondemand, celebrates the Finishing 4.0 Award from Muller Martini together with Dirk Deceuninck (left), CEO of Muller Martini Northern Europe, and Ian Clarke, Sales Executive at Muller Martini UK.

PODWW serves the trade, academic, STMs, journals, photo-book, training and self-publishing sectors. Managing Director Andy Cork explains: “PrintOnDemand-Worldwide focuses on a ‘book of one’ approach. Shareholders want to hold content, not stock. Customers want books on-demand, they don’t want to wait.” He adds: “The ‘book of one’ is about producing books as they’re needed, instead of having warehouses full of stock which may or may not be bought, whilst incurring cost and tying up much-needed cash.”

To this end the company has developed its own proprietary, web-based Global BookVault software that allows customers to place on-demand orders online using its print ordering system. Annual growth rates for online orders are over 20 percent. Printondemand dispatches a quarter of all books on the same day that the order is placed. Cork comments: “What matters to our customers – who don’t have any warehouses according to the principle of ‘think globally, act locally’ and want to order the volume they need at any time for the lowest price – is the whole supply chain.”

The 520HD was launched back in September 2014. It was co-developed with Ricoh, which supplies the printheads and sells a version of it as the VC60000. It offers print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and runs at up to 150mpm.

Cork says that there’s little difference in quality between a litho press and the 520HD, adding: “The speed and the impressive uptime of the press meanswe can produce in excess of 4000 books in a shift, even with our average run-length of 1.75 books, with a focus to deliver them same-day/next day depending on the product line.”

According to Cork it was the SC inks and consistent quality without constantly cleaning heads that led to the investment: “As we drive our manufacturing facility towards being world class using Industry 4.0 methods, the Trust software built into the Screen device truly supports our technological vision of ‘connect, analyse and optimise’ particularly in the area of predictive maintenance – a must with such demanding SLAs.”

Last year Screen introduced a new SC inkset for this press that can be used with standard offset coated papers, without the need for pre-treatment. Cork says: “The HD press combined with the SC inks was the turning point in getting PODWW to shift from a toner-first to an inkjet-first company. The ability to print directly onto offset coated paper, without the need for pre-treatment or expensive bonding agents means we can meet our customer’s quality expectations whilst making a margin.”

The first company to invest in the SC inks was the Polish printer, the Print Group, which installed a 520HD with this ink at its Booksfactory site in Szczecin last summer.

Meanwhile, PODWW also picked up a Finishing 4.0 award from Muller Martini. PODWW uses the Vareo/InfiniTrim combination inline to automate production and reduce manual interventions. Cork says that the InfiniTrim has helped cut three-knife trimming costs to just 20 percent of the overall binding costs, adding: “It’s the best machine that I’ve ever bought. Barcode recognition enables automated transfer from the perfect binder to the three-knife trimmer.”

Cork says that automation is vital to the business model with run lengths varying from one to 1000 though the average is 1.75 copies. He concludes: “It’s essential that our production is highly automated. After all, seamless is our business.”


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