As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to technology, Benefitz invested in two significant enhancements to its Xerox iGen4 Press. These include an upgrade to increase the print size capability and a change to printing with matte toner to optimise quality. A key driver in our decision to install the Xerox iGen4 Press - the most powerful digital production press available - were the advancements in technology, its environmental qualities and a whole range of advantages the machine offered, providing us with a real edge in the market. This was extended even further by increasing the print size capability - to a sheet size of 371mm x 660mm, meaning that we can now print six page A4 gatefold digitally. Benefitz Print Production Specialist Brent ‘Mop’ Moffat explains the advantages of the matte over the standard toner. “The print is closer to offset printing, where as in the past the iGen4 print had a definite glossy look to it. There is a greater uniformity of the print, especially in prints that are a screen (not solid coverage).
It appears that there is a much less streaky look. I also think that the toner adheres to the paper better and it is less likely to scratch or scuff off. Skin tones also appear more natural.” “This is a serious piece of kit that just chews through all sorts of digital printing projects very quickly and costeffectively,” adds Benefitz Director Dallas Bennett. “The fact that it prints on a wider range of stocks, has the added qualities of the matte toner, and the large 371mm x 660mm sheet size - means it is a very valuable tool for us. The new Screen JetSX, that prints an even bigger sheet size, will certainly take some work away from the iGen4, but there are still many jobs that it is perfectly suited for. It has been a great machine for us since we installed it two to three years ago.” KEY QUALITIES AND BENEFITS OF XEROX IGEN4… Large Sheet Size – 371mm x 660mm Auto Density Control – Automatically detects and eliminates density variations and streaks, while the press is running. Streaks are inherent in most printing processes and often require operator intervention to resolve.
With this new component, streaks are eliminated automatically. Carrier Dispensing System – New method of combining dry ink and carrier - in place of traditional developer - that yields consistent colour uniformity from the first print to the last, and from job to job. High Defi nition Linearisation – Results in better production of neutral greys and highlight shadows. It also improves photo smoothness, especially in faces, while maintaining sharp background details. Advanced Colour Profiling - Innovation that enables greater colour consistency and realism in objects such as faces and skies. This tool automatically adjusts colours to closely match offset printing standards in minutes. High-speed Inline Spectrophotometer - Automatically creates colour samples on target sheets, registers them for accuracy, processes the data and takes the appropriate action to adjust the press. The results are offset and photo image quality, along with spot colour accuracy.