Paper problems

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Where do we start with paper for print? If you want a simple answer… Well first chop down some trees, (sustainable of course), split them and chop them into tiny fibres, throw in some water and stir it all around. Next throw in some extra chemicals, optical brighteners, squeeze through a mangle whilst applying a coating and voila - a quality sheet of paper. But that's way too big for my Heidelberg press. So that large roll of paper that the mill produced is now cut down into sheets. The sizes for my press are SRA2, which is 640mm x 450mm and B2, which is 720mmx520mm. There ...

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We are Kingfisher Print & Design

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We are Kingfisher Print & Design. We are a print company passionate about producing the highest quality litho and digital print, delivered with refreshing enthusiasm and efficient service. You can find out more about us in this little video ...

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The dark art of folding...

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The dark art of folding has moved on now to an almost fully automated lock and load precision with the Heidelberg KH82 high speed folder. My team of highly skilled operators have had this kit now for nearly 18 months and here is what they have to say about it: 'Not only does it maximise production, but the precision of the fold goes hand in hand. Think of it like origami on red bull!' This machine gives us results which were simply unobtainable 2 years ago. With a process that involved cut/crease/fold, we now hold an 8pp A4 landscape sheet up to 250GSM perfectly. And with ...

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Print Week features Kingfisher Print & Design's new addition

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Print Week features our newest addition As we prepare to welcome our newest addition to Kingfisher Print & Design Print Week have written a feature about its imminent arrival. You can read more in the March issue. The Kodak NexPress will increase our digital capability when it arrives later this month. If you'd like to know more or have an upcoming project which can be supported by our new digital press email us or call us 01803 867087. Jodie Fulton ...

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It's all in the finish

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Ironically in finishing, preparation is key. My alarm goes off at 4:15am (iPhone classic in case you are wondering). It sounds like the evacuation alarm from some space ship being attacked by aliens! It does the trick though and I'm soon up and ready, heading from Plymouth to Totnes for another day in the finishing department at Kingfisher Print & Design. Ironically in finishing, preparation is key. And speaking from a triathlete's point of view, the transition can make or break the race. I tend to arrive before the rest of the team and prep the workload for t ...

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Invitations for business launch.

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Happy print customers It's always nice to hear customers are happy with a job we have printed for them. We've just had some lovely feedback from Applied Automation who provide innovative automation:solutions, systems and products for manufacturing, marine, homes and commercial properties. We were asked to print a series of invitations for a number of business launches. You can read the feedback and see the bespoke invitations on twitter.       ...

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Fairground attraction.

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Getting inked? Ink, or as some newbie's to the print game call it - paint! Ink has changed massively over the years, this product was originally made using loads of unsustainable products, crude oil being one. We now have a product which is made of vegetable minerals and sustainable products. The down side to this is that the quality of the ink has not evolved as fast as the press technology and this causes problems as the presses now run superfast and the ink cannot always keep up! This makes the viscosity of the ink poor which in turn causes ink fly. There will be more on this la ...

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