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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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 Ink has changed massively over the years, this product was originally made using loads of unsustainable products, crude oil being one.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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Keep it lean.

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Lean manufacturing and Kingfisher Print & Design go hand in hand. All we seem to hear these days is LEAN! Now what does this actually mean to us? Well in essence, it is shedding the fat. Getting rid of the saturates that clog the arteries, cleansing ourselves of old bad habits, and embracing new technology and systems that move us forward as a company whilst still retaining the ability to give that personal touch. Because we don't live in a perfect world. When things go wrong, we cut straight through the bull excuses and make the call to say whatever it takes we'll get ...

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Data Kings.

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At Kingfisher Print & Design we are keen and avid collectors of data! We record lots of it - this helps us measure how well things are going; from how much paper we use, how long jobs take to print and also to recognize if a member of staff has put in that extra effort worth rewarding. All of our monthly recorded figures are written onto the press target board, where we can build up a picture of the year's good and bad months. We record things such as how many sheets we print in a month, how many sheets we use on average for make ready and our average monthly running speed. We also h ...

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