When Mark-Maker Company, Inc. of Wyoming, Michigan decided it was time to further enhance its imaging capabilities to serve the high standards of its flexo printing customers, the company researched the market over for the optimum solution. The Xeikon ThermoFlexX® 80 S imager was a front runner, and after hearing about the Flint Group / Xeikon acquisition, Mark-Maker’s decision was further reinforced. As a long-time, Flint Group nyloflex® plate customer, Mark-Maker had already grown to trust and rely on the technical expertise and support that Flint Group routinely provides, and coupled with the innovations of a state-of-the-art CTP system in the ThermoFlexX® 80 S imager – the decision became clear. The company intends to use its new, high-tech imager to offer more to its existing customers through enhanced prepress and plates, and to produce finished plates for packaging printers throughout the US. “The packaging industry as a whole is demanding print with ever-increasing line screens, smoother vignettes and deeper solids, so it was important for Mark-Maker to find a solution with the flexibility to not only meet the current market needs, but also position the company well for the future of print,” remarks Chuck Bobeldyk, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mark-Maker Company. When Mark-Maker purchased its current CTP device, the resolutions available today were just not heard of – and now the company is routinely asked to produce plates that exceed the limits of their previous capabilities. click Read More below for additional detail
How do you maintain your annual double-digit growth after going from zero to $3.5 million in revenue in your first eight years of business? For Denver-based i3logix, the answer is to target a new market for transactional printing with a pair of new presses: the Xerox Rialto® 900 Inkjet Press and the Xerox Versant® 3100 Press.
“With these two presses, we’re able to move confidently into this new market and maintain our 20 to 25 percent annual growth rate,” said Steve Wolffis, vice president and general manager of the i3output division of i3logix. “The Rialto, in particular, is a great fit for us.”
About 80 percent of the i3logix print business is direct marketing—mostly letter packs and postcards—with brochures, newsletters and other marketing materials making up the rest. The new Xerox Rialto press has two-and-a-half times more color capacity than the color continuous feed device it replaced, enabling the new press to produce current applications while easily supporting expansion into the transactional space.
Wolffis chose the Rialto after a year-long search revealed that many competitive inkjet presses were too expensive and needed more volume to be profitable than i3logix plans to generate. “The Rialto had the right monthly volume (1.5 to 5 million impressions), lower operating costs than other products I looked at, and better color quality and consistency than the press it replaced,” he said.
Along with the Rialto, i3logix acquired an inline dynamic perforator, which cuts production time by as much as 25 percent on perforation jobs, and a second stacker, which also boosts productivity. The Versant 3100 adds capacity and provides printing on 12- by 18-inch sheets, coated stock, and envelopes.
i3logix has offered printing services since 2009 and has been a Xerox customer since 2014. It has two other presses: a Xerox Color 1000 Press and Xerox Nuvera® 120 EA Production System. “We’re now a 100 percent Xerox shop, and there’s a reason: because they’ve offered us the best deals and delivered the best service,” Wolffis said.
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