Tradeprint boosts productivity with LED Push-to-Stop technology

Dundee, Scotland-based Tradeprint has recently invested in a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106-8 colour press equipped with the latest Push-to-Stop technology. The company is a full-service web-to-print enterprise, providing reliable trade printing services throughout the UK specialising in full-colour flyers, leaflets, posters, packaging and stationery.

This new machine complements Tradeprint’s existing Speedmaster 10 colour press, which runs with conventional inks and is now employed to produce run lengths of approximately 2,000 sheets. The new 8 colour LED UV is one of the most automated in the UK. The company has opted for LED UV technology over LE-UV technology as they felt this was a more energy efficient process than the LE-UV technology more commonly found in the UK.

“Using the 8P LED UV Speedmaster has elevated our print quality, as the dry sheets result in fewer post-press marks. Additionally, the LED UV technology has significantly reduced our turnaround times and decreased our WIP product on the floor by as much as 80%,” says Rod Scrimgeour, Operations Director, Tradeprint. “This is the only LED UV press of its type in the UK and is complemented by the automated ink supply from a 200kg drum of LED UV ink. Running at a speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, the Speedmaster XL 106-8-P uses the latest Autoplate XL 3 technology. This permits simultaneous plate changes and wash-ups, reducing our makeready time to just minutes. As run lengths decrease, this becomes a real advantage to both productivity and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).”

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