AccurioPress solutions deliver digital print excellence for Hickling & Squires
UK commercial printer Hickling & Squires has updated and enhanced its digital print capabilities with its production presses. Utilising Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C7090, AccurioPress 6120, and AccurioPress C12000 (including the IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Care unit), along with an additional Duplo 350 bookletmaker, Hickling & Squires has increased capacity and reliability, along with rapid response support and servicing to match its growing sales and the evolving needs of its customers.
The consistent output quality, increased uptime, and speedy service response from Konica Minolta have improved job turnaround time and helped to protect customer trust in Hickling & Squires’ products and services. The technical benefits include auto duplexing of long sheets of up to 900 mm on the AccurioPress C7090, top class productivity of up to 7900 A4 pages per hour on the AccurioPress 6120, and extensive automation for image position, registration, and colour control from the AccurioPress C12000 and IQ-501 Intelligent Quality Care unit.
Jamie Gilbert, production director at Hickling & Squires, commented: ‘Being able to process larger sheets has been a massive benefit to us. Also, the provision of duplex (before we had always had to produce single sided) means the register is perfect and is ideal for producing high quality A4 booklets.’
Hickling & Squires specialises in producing lithographic, digital and large format printing for commercial businesses and the public sector – all from its purpose built plant situated in the heart of Nottinghamshire. Having previously invested in its lithographic capabilities, the company turned its attention to make further investments in its digital printing capabilities.
‘The main use for these new solutions is print, fold, and stitch products and we supply a lot of work for the gaming sector, along with education sector customers such as universities and colleges,’ commented Jamie. ‘We ship across the country and aim to have a 24 hour turnaround in our digital print room, so these presses are well placed to support us in fulfilling these jobs to meet expectations. The service has been fantastic. If we need any help the Konica Minolta service team are with us in two to three hours, and we are very happy with the support we now get.’
Looking to the future, Hickling & Squires is turning its attention to further expansion possibilities. ‘We have invested in our litho for years but currently don’t have the physical capacity to expand it further, however the digital side of operations is typically a smaller footprint, so we are always looking to invest in that area to bring it forward and up to speed. The Konica Minolta team have given us greater confidence through their support, which is crucial as our business continues to grow and expand.’