Inca Digital Sparkles at Diamant Numérique

Two digital jewels complement its screen printing capability

Cambridge, (PresseBox) - Diamant Numérique, Lille, has invested in the first Inca Turbo Plus flatbed printer to be installed in Europe in order to increase its production capacity. The new Turbo Plus prints up to two extra colours in addition to the traditional four colour offer from the Inca with the Columbia Turbo. The Turbo Plus compliments Diamant's six-colour (CMYK + light magenta and light cyan) Spyder 320+ UV printer installed two years ago.

According to Georges Verbaere, Production Director of Diamant; the digital arm of major screen printing group Publiscreen was expanded in order to keep pace with technical developments.

Digital printing gave the company access to the short and medium run markets. "Inca Digital's Spyder 320 enabled us to break into digital. Since we purchased the press we have been able to produce small quantities cost effectively on a whole host of substrates. What's more, six colours produce excellent halftone definition," he explains. "The new Turbo Plus fulfils our requirement for fast turnaround of short and medium runs, and has boosted our productivity," he adds.

The Turbo Plus is equipped with two extra colour channels in order to maximize the gamut, choosing from light cyan, light magenta, green, orange, violet and white in addition to CMYK. Diamant chose the addition of light cyan and light magenta to meet their needs.

The flexibility of this new Turbo has enabled Diamant Numérique to diversify its offering. The superior quality offered by digital and the time saved in terms of machine preparation were decisive factors in the switch to digital and the purchase of the Inca Digital presses.

The substrate thickness the press can handle has enabled Diamant to extend the range of printable materials and diversify with new applications. "As the Turbo can print onto substrates up to 4cm thick, up to 40kg in weight and the Spyder up to 3cm and 80kg, we can print on aluminium, wood, foam board and numerous rigid materials such as PVC, PET, etc.," says Mr Verbaere.

In addition, Diamant Numérique uses the presses to produce prototypes and samples. This added value offering means that it can present clients with an exact sample for approval, before embarking on the full print run.

One of the major benefits of the new Inca Digital presses has been to expand large volume POS advertising production. The Diamant Numérique print shop was previously limited to printing on cardboard, paper and cellular substrates. "Digital printing complements screen printing, but it's clear that, through technical changes, screen printing is evolving too," says Georges Verbaere. "For a large volume four-colour print run on corrugated board, for example, we combine screen printing for metallic effects and white. The two processes go hand in hand."

About Fujifilm Sericol

Fujifilm Sericol is focused on the formulation, development, manufacture and supply of innovative inkjet inks for the rapidly developing digital printing industry. A leader in the development of UV inks, Fujifilm Sericol's "More than Ink...Solutions" is a commitment to provide its customers with the latest in technology, technical support, training and business consulting programs.

Inca Digital Printers Limited

Inca Digital is one of the world's leading manufacturers of inkjet printing technology, today employing more than 160 people at its HQ in Cambridge, England. Highly innovative, the company developed the world's first large format flatbed inkjet printer in 2000 and is known for its market-leading Eagle, Spyder, and Columbia and high-speed Columbia Turbo printers. The world's fastest flatbed printer, the Inca Onset was launched in 2007. www.incadigital.com

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