Colour accuracy that's a match

The Customer: Griffin Press

Griffin Press is regarded in the Australasian printing industry as one of the leading book producers in the ‘reading for pleasure’ market. Servicing major Australian and UK publishing houses, the company has printed best sellers such as JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series, Dan Brown’s ‘DaVinci Code’ and Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Twilight’ vampire series.

The Challenge

Griffin Press produces between 25 and 30 million books a year. As the retail sector becomes increasingly global, consumer expectation is for shorter lead times. The book market now demands increased flexibility, and a faster turnaround in printing has become critical.

According to Ben Jolly, Griffin Press General Manager, the company’s ability to better meet those demands required a highly versatile production-rated digital printer that produces books with the same look and feel as traditional offset printing methods.

The company’s most pressing need, however, was digital print output suitable for the production of book covers. “We particularly needed digital prints that were ideally suited for post printing finishes such as matte and gloss lamination,” Jolly says.

 

The Solution

The Benefits

 

 

A Ricoh colour production device. It delivers a constant 90 ppm in full colour, an average monthly print volume of 170,000 and duty cycle of 400,000. Amongst its industry leading inline finishing capabilities, it also boasts the first ever fully automated ring-bind finisher.

 

  • Uninterrupted productivity producing between 25 – 30 million books per annum
  • High quality output
  • Large paper capacity of 11,000 sheets allowing Griffin to produce over 240,000 prints each month
  • High level of colour accuracy
  • Reliability
  • Very low operator intervention requirements
  • Maximum uptime

 

"It used to be the case that we’d need to wait approximately six hours for digitally printed book covers to set before they could be laminated,” Jolly says. “We’re now able to use a single laminate material, instead of having one specifically for digital prints, which means we’re seeing consistent quality in book covers regardless of how they’re printed.”

Ricoh’s Better Way

Having been involved in the printing industry for 22 years, Jolly is fully aware of the critical support role that needs to be played by equipment and solution providers; and he is quick to point out how the support from Ricoh has enabled Griffin to take the next step forward in digital.

“Ricoh support has been professional and timely right from the start,” Jolly states. “For example, at our first meeting we asked Ricoh to help us write profiles for some new stocks; and it was a case of having people working on it almost immediately.

“Then, when it came to the installation, Ricoh specialists installed the colour production device and had it configured and on-line within only two days. It was a seamless transition, and one that ramped up our output quality and productivity levels almost immediately. From our perspective, this colour production device and ongoing support from Ricoh have been virtually faultless.” Jolly added.


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