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Scott invests in Iridesse from Fuji Xerox

Friday, 23 November 2018
By Wayne Robinson

With the new Fuji Xerox Iridesse: (l-r) Murray Scott, John Scott, Tim Scott

Multi-award winning WA print business Scott Print has invested in a new Fuji Xerox Iridesse, the six-unit digital colour print solution.

With two Fuji Xerox Colour 1000s, two Xerox (monochrome) Nuvera, and a Fuji Xerox Versant, the business is well versed in digital printing, and the digital printing market. As the digital business sees continuing growth, Scott Print was looking to make the next step and was keen to be able to offer a point of differentiation to the market adding to its bottom line.

Joint general manager John Scott says, “Scott Print is a progressive business, we work hard to evolve and to make sure we are positioned to capitalise on emerging opportunities in markets and technology.”

The Iridesse – launched a year ago by Fuji Xerox – is far from a standard digital print engine, for a start it has six print units which accommodate CMYK plus any two from the quartet of metallic silver, metallic gold, white and clear varnish. It also has an ability to print on thicker stock and can print sheets up to 1.2m long.

Scott says, “The Iridesse was appealing to us as it offers options that are not available on other systems. Being able to print 400gsm card is good, especially for applications such as business card printing. The long sheet ability means we can print 1.2 metre banners, but it is also good for multiple other applications, including book jackets, particularly for A4 landscape books.

“The quality is outstanding. Scott Print was first an offset printer, and there is no doubt at all that the Iridesse prints to offset quality. In fact, the look is really similar to the way our Komori H-UV presses print.”

Although Scott print already has five Fuji Xerox printers that did not mean the Iridesse was a done deal before it started. Scott says, “We did of course look at other systems, but the Iridesse just had options that we could see would work for our clients. And having all our presses from one supplier is undoubtedly useful, one supplier is one point of contact.”

Scott Print bought Fineline Printing a year ago, and it too was a Fuji Xerox house, printing in monochrome. Scott says, “Like us they had a positive experience with Fuji Xerox.”

The new Iridesse was installed in August this year, with Scott Print now fully up to speed on its capabilities. John Scott says, “The Iridesse has surpassed my expectations, in quality, flexibility and productivity. Its ability to print white ink is important to us, particularly for clients in the marketing and advertising agency sector, who really embrace printing on black stock and other coloured stock, it gives them an ability to create a perception of high quality. We thought the demand would be there for it, and so it has proved.”

“The gold and silver that the Iridesse lays down is sparkling, a real bonus, and again is being warmly embraced by the market, the creatives are all looking to set their work apart, and when we communicate the ability of the Iridesse to them you can see their excitement. All these options on the Iridesse are available within one pass, which meets their need for speed of turnaround. Our clients are really happy with the investment we have made, which you can see by how busy the printer is.”

Along with the Iridesse, Scott Print also invested in the Fuji Xerox Freeflow Core digital workflow solution and XMPie, which has seen all its digital presses go onto the one central network. Prior to that the printers all operated through their individual Fiery rips. John Scott says, “The level of automation that we have been able to achieve through Freeflow has blown our socks off. Impositions, finishing, it is all now controlled by Freeflow. We have the Duplo finishing solution, the set-up is created in Freeflow. The workflow is a revelation.”

 

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