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Clarkeprint boosts productivity with Xerox

Birmingham-based Clarkeprint has opened up about its recent investment in a Xerox Iridesse, revealing that the press has helped it increase throughput by 150% and also cut waste materials.

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The Xerox Iridesse was installed in March this year

Installed in March and purchased through Xerox distributor Xeretec, the press has been busy running a wide range of jobs over the past six months, despite the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Director Nigel Clarke explains that the company’s decision to invest in the press came at the right time, as the machine has helped it deal with demand during the Covid-19 crisis.

“We print a lot of very heavy coverage solids across the page and in the past we’ve had issues with banding and various quality issues,” Clarke says, adding: “The Iridesse has given us superb four colour coverage which is critical.

“Productivity and reliability are also really important to us and since the devices have been installed we’ve managed to increase throughput by 150%.

Iridesse presses have come as a welcome relief and made a significant difference; not a subtle difference but a massive difference

“On top of that, we now have the ability to print on larger sheet sizes and offer speciality colours, which will drive opportunities, especially in the creative print environment.”

Director Gary Franklin also paid tribute to the purchase, saying the new Xerox press has had a major impact on production at Clarkeprint.

Franklin explains: “For me productivity is key, as I’m the guy on the shop floor, responsible for completing jobs on time. Iridesse presses have come as a welcome relief and made a significant difference; not a subtle difference but a massive difference.

“Last year we had to work 24 hours around the clock to achieve some deadlines and this year we didn’t have to put on any night shifts, and we finished two weeks early.”

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