St Ives Direct Choose Duplo Coater for Royal Mail Contract

<p>14 Jun 2011 - St Ives Direct the Direct Marketing Services division of the St Ives Group have purchased a Duplo Ultra 205A UV Coater to enable them to &quot;automate and streamline&quot; their productivity for a large Royal Mail contract.</p> <p>St Ives, supplier of print management services to the iRed Partnership a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Mail, announced in October that it had provided the engine for the postal service's new Direct Mail service, Mailshots Online.</p> <p>The Leeds based site has HP Indigo 3500 and WS3200 presses which are used to print the daily run of direct mail items downloaded from the Mailshots Online service. This could be anything from 500 to 20,000 pieces per day. Then to protect the print, the sheets were, in the old process, laminated which formed a problematic part of the workflow, explains Lead Printer Ian Casey.</p> <p>&quot;Laminating does provide a nice finish to the printed sheet, however it is not particularly practical for this type of contract. The laminator doesn't have particularly quick running speeds; it was creating something of a bottleneck. There are also quality issues with laminating which can be susceptible to peeling when being passed through what is today a highly automated and mechanised mailing infrastructure within the Royal Mail,&quot; says Ian.</p> <!--break--> <p>&quot;We were also getting requests from our clients to consider and review the environmental impact of laminating. As laminating film is not bio degradable, we had to have a serious think about a suitable alternative that met environmental requirements.&quot;</p> <p>After careful consideration of many devices, which included HP's own inline coating solution, Duplo's Ultra 205A was installed. The 205A is a flood U.V. coating machine, that provides an enhanced and protective Gloss; Matt or Satin finish on a wide range of Digital and Offset papers. The Ultra can accommodate a broad range of paper stocks and sizes from 521mm (W) x 710mm (L), and paper weights from 120gsm- 350gsm. Running speeds are up to 40 metres per minute. </p> <p>&quot;We preferred the offline coating route, as it meant that we were able to feed print from our two HP Indigo's into one machine. This ensured we would maximise our productivity as the coater more than matched the output levels of both presses. So we looked at the offline coaters available on the market, and we felt that the speed combined with high quality output of the Duplo were far superior than the alternatives, and achieved the high standards required of clients such as Royal mail.&quot; comments Casey.</p> <p>St Ives Direct have reported very positive results since the machine was installed.</p> <p>&quot;The machine has made a real difference to our operation. It is twice as fast as our laminator and we have found it extremely reliable. It is as important to the success of this facility as the presses themselves,&quot; concludes Ian.</p> <p>This article was originally posted on <a href="http://www.bertl.com/web/PORTAL_NEWS;jsessionid=AA9FC8860C4268875359D85F...

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