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Integrity Print’s Chris Walton is Guest Speaker on Canon’s Webinar Series

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On 28th July, Canon launched their webinar series, The No Compromise Inkjet Journey. The series, which will run up to 3rd November, will welcome independent speakers from both commercial printers and print buyers, to offer their expert insight into how state of the art inkjet technology has helped to transition their business and adapt to the evolving marketplace.

The first webinar, No Compromise: How to Transition your Business with Inkjet, welcomed guest speakers, Charles Jarrold – Chief Executive of BPIF; Louisa Evans – Marketing Director at Severn; and Integrity’s Transactional Director, Chris Walton.

Hosted by Richard Askam and Canon’s Chris Aked, the session touched upon the evolution of inkjet technology and its status quo in the current and post COVID-19 market. The guest speakers also provided advice on how best to approach the transition to Inkjet in order to optimise the investment.

As the final guest speaker of the session, Chris Walton explained the drivers behind Integrity Print’s decision to invest in inkjet technology:

“We noticed from our customers, a move towards quicker turnarounds and shorter runs. We were limited by our legacy toner fleet as to the work we could take on, and we needed to have a more credible solution for our customers”

Chris went on to explain the key factors for consideration when making the transition from toner or offset, to inkjet technology:

“You need to be prepared for an immediate increase in productivity. When you do make that switch, you’re very likely to be running both technologies at the same time, so it’s important to get complete buy-in from your staff and allow for the work to drift away from the older technology as the operators become more comfortable”

When asked what his advice would be to any commercial printers contemplating the transition to high-speed inkjet technology, Chris responded:

“It’s really important to do your homework internally, to find out exactly what you require and to know why you are making the investment in the first place. Once you have the information, write it down, stick with it, and don’t compromise!”

Integrity’s Partnership with Canon began in February this year, with the investment in the Varioprint i300, and the more recent acquisition of the Colorstream 6700 in June. Chris highlighted the value of partnership as part of any long-term investment and finished the session by mentioning the recent success of Integrity’s partnership with Canon.

“It’s important to know that you’re entering into a true partnership, where the supplier wants your business to be a success and wants to develop with you – both teams then win . . . I think the two installations that we’ve had, the i300 and the Colorstream, have been fantastic – I’m a big supporter and the experience so far has been excellent. I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved and if anyone would like to get in touch, I’d be more than happy to share my experience.”

Find out more

You can watch Chris’s discussion in full, along with the valuable insights from all the guest speakers, by download the entire webinar recording here, and register to join the next live session: High speed inkjet means quality, flexibility and productivity at the right cost

If you’d like to learn more about Integrity’s investment in inkjet technology, or to find out how we can help you with all your print requirements, call our friendly team on +44 (0) 1761 409200 or email your enquiry to connect@integrity-print.com

The Technological Revolution Continues at Integrity’s Labels Division

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Integrity’s Labels Division have made huge strides in their digital transformation over the last few weeks. Recent developments have seen the installation of state-of-the-art systems and ground-breaking technology which is set to revolutionise the entire division.

We first brought news of this project in March, when Labels Director, Jason Burgon hinted at what was to come:

“the digital upgrade will be the first to see the light of day, providing us with exceptional print and finishing capabilities”.

This week, Jason gave us a glimpse of the new tech, that is being assembled and tested in the all-new digital suite.

Whilst discussing the recent developments, he commented:

“In what has turned out to be a disruptive year the completion of the digital project is a timely reminder that you must continue to progress. There’s a tangible excitement within the business at the goals we are setting ourselves and this project is a tantalising glimpse of what is ahead.”

Set to be officially unveiled in September, the multi-million-pound transformation is a collaborative venture involving two other industry leading tech giants, one of whom will be using the new suite as one of their showcase venues.

We’ll provide more updates on this project as it enters it’s final stages.

 

Canon Deliver Product and Market Overview to the Integrity Team

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This week, Integrity Print welcomed Carl Nolan and Chris Chapman from Canon Production Printing to deliver their product and market overview to teams from Integrity’s commercial and production divisions.

Integrity’s partnership with Canon began with the investment in the Varioprint i300 in January, followed by the acquisition of the hugely impressive Colorstream 6700 in June. As well as providing useful technical information on the functionalities and capabilities of the printers, Chris and Carl also gave valuable insight into the marketplace – analysing  industry trends, best practices, and future developments.

When discussing the evolution of Canon’s inkjet technology, Carl Nolan commented:

“the quantum leaps that we’ve made recently have taken even me by surprise . . . more businesses need to take advantage of this”

Chris Chapman added:

“the technology is moving so rapidly . . . these machines are an absolute game changer!”

 

These briefings are a key aspect of the ongoing support from Canon as the Integrity-Cannon partnership develops. This week’s presentation was unanimously well received by the Integrity team, who are looking forward to welcoming Canon back for a sales-focused meeting in the near future.

For more information on Integrity’s investments in Canon technology, or to discuss how Integrity can help you with your print requirements, please call us on +44 (0) 1761 409200 or leave us a message

 

 

 

What is Print Bleed?

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If you’ve worked with commercial printers then, chances are, you’ve heard the term “bleed”. Perhaps you already know everything there is to know about it, or perhaps you’ve dismissed it as  technical jargon for the Graphic Designers to worry about, but from a printer’s perspective, “missing bleed” is one of the most common issues that we face. But what is bleed? Why is so important?

In printing terms, a bleed is where the printed design goes all the way to one or more edges of your finished document. To create a printed piece with a bleed, the original artwork must extend beyond the document trim size. This is usually by a margin of around 3mm on each side of your document, but you should always check with your printer before sending your artwork as they may have a slightly different setup which requires more bleed or less bleed.

Why is bleed important?

By extending your artwork past the final required trim size, you essentially eliminate the possibility of there being a thin strip of unprinted paper along the edge of your document. This can occur if you don’t allow for bleed and the paper might shift ever so slightly whilst it’s being trimmed at the Printers. Most printers will specify a trim margin of error which is typically around 1mm. You may think 1mm isn’t much at all but when you get your business card back you’ve perhaps got a full block of colour on your design, you WILL notice that 1mm of white stripe down the edge.

Below is an example of the same artwork with bleed and without bleed:

Should the one with no bleed be sent off for printing and the paper shifts during the trimming process, then you may end up with that thin white line down one edge. However, by having a 3mm bleed margin, you negate the possibility of ending up with that white line along the edge of your document, even if the paper does shift during the trimming process.

How do I add bleed to my document?

Using Adobe® software (a favourite with Graphic Designers), there are straight-forward steps to help you add bleed to your artwork.

Adobe® Photoshop®

  1. Open Photoshop and click File > New…
  2. Enter the FULL BLEED dimensions. That is, 1/4″ extra both vertically and horizontally.
  3. Set the Resolution at 300 pixels/inch
  4. Set the Color Mode to CMYK

Adobe® Illustrator

  1. Open Illustrator and click File > New…
  2. Enter the TRIM dimensions in the Width and Height boxes (for example, the trim dimension on a standard business card would be 3.5″ x 2″)
  3. Enter 0.125 for the top, bottom, left and right bleed
  4. Set the Colour Mode to CMYK
  5. Set the Raster Effects at High (300ppi)

Adobe® InDesign®

  1. Open InDesign and click File > New > Document…
  2. Enter the TRIM dimensions under Page Size (for example, a standard business card would have trim dimensions of 3.5″ x 2″)
  3. If you do not see “Bleed and Slug” at the bottom of the window, click the “More Options” button.
  4. Enter 0.125 for the top, bottom, left and right bleed

More in-depth Graphic design tutorials are readily available through the developer’s website. If you’re still unsure about adding bleed to your artwork, your commercial printer should be able to give all the guidance you need.

 Finishing Marks

As well as bleed, there are other quality control mechanisms that printers use to ensure your document is printed exactly as intended. Added at the design stage, finishing marks (also known as printer’s marks) are used to guide and inform the printer. Finishing Marks include bleed marks, trim marks, registration marks, and colour/grey tint proofing bars.

  • Trim marks – (a.k.a crop marks) are lines placed at the corners of an image or a page to indicate where to trim (cut) it. PDF Nomad 2 combines the trim marks with fold marks, that indicate where the paper is to be folded. Whereas the trim marks appear as solid lines, the fold marks appear as dashed lines
  • Bleed marks – are similar lines around the corners of printed material used to indicate the areas that are printed over the cutting edge (indicated by the trim marks)
  • Registration marks – are crosshair lines with a circle that guide graphics equipment and personnel in processing printed material during the printing and finishing process.
  • Proofing bars – are used by printers to ensure consistency and quality in printed output

 

So . . .

In a nutshell, if you want your printed design to go all the way to the edge of your paper, you must always include bleed in your document artwork.

The Integrity Solution

Our team of experts are market leaders when it comes to all things print. Our Pre-Press department can include add all the necessary finishing marks to your document artwork to ensure that it is print ready.

If you have any questions about print bleed or would like any advice about with your print job, call us on +44 (0) 1761 409200 or leave us a message

Canon Colorstream 6700 Investment

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At the beginning of June, engineers from Canon UK began the installation of the new Canon Colorstream 6700 in Integrity Print’s Secure Mailing Division. Following the recent investments in both a Nipson Digiflex laser printer and the Canon i300 cut sheet inkjet printer, the completion of the Colorstream 6700 installation on 25th June marked the continuation of Integrity’s strategy to move into high speed, low cost inkjet production technology.

When discussing the new acquisition, Integrity’s Sales and Marketing Director, Andrew Law commented:

“This new investment ensures that we now have the technology and capacity to compete for significant contracts in the ‘white paper’ market, a key requirement to fuel our ambitious growth target of growing the Secure Mailing Division into a £20m business. The Colorstream is a transformative investment, creating significant growth capacity while enabling us to produce existing work far more efficiently, reducing waste and set up times significantly.”

Canon engineers are currently on site delivering an extensive training programme to the Integrity production team.  As part of the training programme a number of jobs that were previously produced as litho pre-print have been trialed on the Coloustream with impressive results. The equipment has worked well on both specialist inkjet material and on standard offset paper, giving Integrity the option to meet a wide range of customer material requirements. The first live job, which will be an electoral canvas project for a local authority, is set to run next week.

 

 

Canon Colorstream 6700 l-Twin

 

Print Resolution 600 x 600dpi with multilevel up-to 100m/min (perceived image quality at 1,200 x 1,200dpi)
Print Speed ColorStream 6700 : 1,350 A4 images at 337ft/min

(Based on running 2-wide with duplex printing)

Duty Cycle (per month) ColorStream 6700 : Up to 44,000,000 A4 impressions

 

As the market leaders of the high-speed, digital inkjet market, Canon (or OCE as it was known originally) first introduced inkjet to the market in 2012 with their OCE Classic. This was subsequently renamed to the 3000Z series. Through the years, the platform has been improved and further developed until the current 6000 platform launch in 2016, followed by the the Chroma in late 2017. Chroma is the latest big development by Canon that has seen the quality gap between traditional litho offset and continuous inkjet eliminated.

Integrity’s partnership with Canon began with the investment in the i300 in February this year. The success of this partnership, along with the superiority of Canon’s technology and comprehensive support, was a leading factor in selecting the 6700 as the latest investment to support the growth of Integrity’s Secure Mailing Division.

 

 

Communicating Through the Chaos: The Power of Direct Mail

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In this current, fast-changing environment, many businesses will need to keep their customers updated far more frequently than would normally be required. Changes to services, operational practices, supply chain and logistics are just some of the issues on which these businesses will need to update their customers.

So, why not just email all your customers? Well, when it comes to critical communications, purely relying on mass email campaigns is not necessarily the most effective method, particularly when you consider the engagement levels of both mediums.

Direct Mail is More Engaging and Memorable

 

When it comes to communicating with customers, direct mail is far more engaging than email communications, due its personalised and tangible nature. Mass email communication is often perceived as being quick, impersonal and, as a result, it becomes more forgettable. How many emails do you read once then forget? How many go straight to your junk mail? Direct mail communications, however, occupy a physical space – reminding us of their presence even when we put them down. As a result, we’re far more likely to pick them up again.

Credibility

As news and government advice seems to be changing by the hour, the potential for miscommunication and misinterpretation is vast. With many of us falling victim to fake news, misleading information, or even just information overload, we become more and more skeptical and often dismissive of this information – particularly when it comes to digital media. The need for reliable and trustworthy information has never been so great.

As print has been a part of our lives for decades, we tend to place more trust in its content – especially direct mail. It’s formality and personalisation holds our attention and makes us feel far more valued than receiving an email. As a result, we tend to find it more credible. When it comes to critical business communications, reaching your customers through direct mail is far more effective – especially as millions of us our now working from home!

 

Royal Mail MarketReach, Mail and Digital Part 1, Quadrangle
https://dma.org.uk/uploads/Mail%20and%20Email%20Research%20Report%202014_549847df0bfe8.pdf

The Integrity Solution

With the capacity to produce up to 100,000 mail communications each day, above our daily commitments, Integrity Print can help you reach all your customers so you can maintain critical communications throughout this period of uncertainty. Our Secure Mailing Division provides direct mail services for hundreds of clients across the full spectrum of industry sectors, with quick turnaround and market-leading production capability. To discuss your mail communications project with one of our specialists, please call 01760409200  or visit out contact page

 

Business as Usual for the Integrity Team

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Following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, we are taking every measure possible to ensure that we remain fully operational and protect the well-being of our staff and the wider public.

As Integrity Print manufactures and supplies products for the healthcare, Government, pharmaceutical, and food sectors, remaining fully operational is imperative for our support of these front line services. So, for our customers and suppliers, it’s business as usual.

Integrity’s MD, Mark Cornford stated:

“The impact and severity of Coronavirus has been enormous across the world. It is an unprecedented and an incredibly fast-moving situation. There is significant uncertainty and understandable fear among the population.

Events are unfolding by the hour and Government advice and instructions are helpful but can also be misleading.  We are committed to keeping our workforce fully informed and we will continue to give updates as and when it is appropriate.

Currently, we are regarded as an essential business and we are allowed to stay open and operate as best as we can.”

We continue to monitor all the latest advice from the Government and World Health Organisation and adjust our procedures in accordance with the latest guidelines. You can keep up to date with the communications on our response to the Coronavirus outbreak via our dedicated webpage.

Latest updates:

 

Production Capability: Normal Trading

Absence Levels: Low

Supply Chain: Unaffected

Logistics: Unaffected

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication

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Integrity Print is taking comprehensive and decisive measures to continue to fulfill our commitments to our customers, as well as protect the welfare of our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

To minimize the opportunity for infection through close contact, we are staggering our shift patterns and utilizing the additional space in our site to separate our teams where practical. In line with the current guidelines, staff members who are able to work from home will be advised to do so.

We are fortunate to be operating our main site in a relatively isolated area of Somerset, one of the country’s least effected regions, and we currently have a full contingency of staff in our production and office areas. As Integrity Print operates several sites across the UK, we will look to utilize this capacity if and when required to maintain business continuity.

We are closely monitoring the latest Government updates and reviewing our contingency plans accordingly. We are also advising our staff, customers and suppliers to stay up to date with the latest information and guidelines via the below webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

We will continue to update our communications as and when there are any further developments. If you have any specific concerns, you can get in touch with any of the below team members for a more detailed update:

 

Chris Walton – Transactional Director

Mobile : 07811311168

Email : chris.walton@integrity-print.com

 

Sean Davies – Commercial Director

Mobile: +44 (0)7971 494930

Email: Sean.Davies@integrity-print.com

 

Jason Burgon – Labels Director

Mobile. +44 (0)7813 995787

Email. jason.burgon@integrity-print.com

Exciting New Development in Integrity’s Label Division!

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A new development in the Integrity Labels Division has our team poised for rapid expansion:

Throughout the new year, we’ve reported on major investments that Integrity has made in state-of-the-art technology; partnerships with Canon and Digiflex have allowed to us expand the capabilities of our Secure Mailing Division, and now it seems like the Integrity Labels Division are positioning themselves to follow suit.

Over the past few weeks, the team have been preparing a large section of the Labels Division for a high-tech installation. But what are they up to?

Labels Director, Jason Burgon commented “Of the many operational projects we are currently undertaking, the digital upgrade will be the first to see the light of day, providing us with exceptional print and finishing capabilities”.

We’ll keep a close eye on this project and bring you the latest as and when it develops. Watch this space. . .

Integrity’s MD Plants 1000 Trees with the Woodland Trust

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Integrity Print’s MD, Mark Cornford plants 1000 trees with Woodland Trust

In February, Integrity’s Managing Director, Mark Cornford completed a landmark project by planting over two hectares of woodland on his land in South Somerset through the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods project.

Since this scheme began in 2008, the Woodland Trust have helped landowners plant over 2000 hectares of native woodland in the UK.

Mark started this initiative last summer, with the first trees being planted in December. Seven different species of trees and five different species of shrubs have been planted at Cornford Wood; 1000 trees in total were planted over the new year.

When discussing his project, Mark explained:

 “I bought the land to farm sheep – there’s something so cathartic and relaxing about it . . . and the sheep never judge me!”

“I planted 1000 trees to, well, plant 1000 trees! I know there’s huge interest in all things environmental at the moment and of course that is important – trees are the lungs of the planet after all, but to me it was more than that. I didn’t do it for kudos or for brownie points, I did it because there is something incredibly special about nature, and getting back to nature. For me, kids spend too much time on iPads these days and not enough time with muddy knees! And this project is a legacy for my children. I’ve had so much great feedback from dog walkers and passers-by; it’s just fantastic that we’ve created something that everyone can enjoy for, hopefully, many years to come”

Last week, Mark was joined by children from the Butleigh C of E Primary School, who were invited to be a part of the project. The pupils drew sketches and created artwork of the trees and wildlife. Head Teacher, Helen Caines expressed the children’s enthusiasm:

“They absolutely loved it! They couldn’t stop talking about it when they got back. They loved the mud, freedom of space and being outside . . . The children are very keen to come again on a sunny day to have a picnic in the wood”

Mark’s project is one of many being undertaken by landowners, farmers, businesses and local authorities through the Woodland Trust. These projects have helped increase biodiversity, provide shelter, prevent soil erosion, and reduce the risk of flooding in rural areas throughout the UK. You can apply to take part in the MOREwoods project via the Woodland Trust’s website.