Books Factory, based in Szczecin, Poland, has invested in a Screen Truepress Jet520 single-pass, reel-to-cut and stack inkjet printer to capitalise on the growing publishing trend of producing books ‘on demand’. Before the installation of the Truepress Jet520, Books Factory had limited its digital production to cut-sheet machines. But the rising volume of short-run requests has led them to invest in the increased flexibility and productivity of inkjet printing.
Books Factory has an international list of publishing clients and it understands the need to change the services it provides in order to continue to grow. Like many printers supplying the publishing industry, Books Factory has seen an increase in the volume of orders but each order is for a smaller quantity. Marketing director of Books Factory Mr Łukasz Moleski has recognised that “inkjet is the perfect solution” for fulfilling his customer’s requirements. Mr Moleski added: “The speed of the Truepress Jet520 and the total cost per page makes it more efficient than any other solution on the market today. It means we can give our customers the quality they want and exactly when they need it.
As with any digital press, the software to control production is vital to maximising efficiency and this was one of the reasons Books Factory opted for Screen. Mr Moleski continued: “The ability to automate production through Screen’s Equios workflow software is ideal for producing multiple small orders and Screen’s deep understanding of graphic arts and quality imaging means that it is able to call on an impressive set of tools to handle every aspect of producing a book.”
One of the first jobs that Books Factory has produced on its new machine is a reprint of the oldest book in Poland that explains printing theory (Teorya Sztuki Drukarskiej). First published in 1832, the title has been brought back to life by the very latest digital printing technology. In keeping with the origins of the book, it has been beautifully finished in a traditional quarter-bound style, complete with head and tail bands, a place ribbon, printed end papers and a foil embossed plate mounted on the cover.
The Truepress Jet520 has been supplied to Books Factory by Screen’s Polish partner Reprograf. Tadeusz Figurski, sales director at Reprograf, has been involved in the project from the start: “Books Factory had many demands at the start of this project and we have worked closely with Screen to ensure that each challenge has been overcome. This is an exciting move for the Polish book printing industry and we are sure this first machine will soon be joined by additional inkjet presses.”
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From left: Tadeusz Figurski (Reprograf), Bruce Hiltout (Screen), Daniel Krzanowski (Books Factory) pictured with ‘Teorya Sztuki Drukarkiej‘, first published in 1832 and now reprinted on the Truepress Jet520 inkjet printer at Books Factory.
Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd (Kyoto, Japan) is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of system components for the prepress and printing industries. Its large range of equipment includes workflow
systems, RIPs, proofing systems, platesetters and digital printing presses. The company is also a well-known manufacturer of equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries.
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