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It is our continual investment in the latest innovations in prepress, print, finishing and dispatch that has led to dramatic improvements in productivity whilst maintaining the quality in production that our customers expect.

At all times throughout the manufacturing process, strict quality control procedures are observed by our experienced press minders and print finishers, ensuring the standard of product is not just high, but also consistent across press runs.

To maintain this quality of product, the Akran uses only in the latest and best print manufacturing equipment (see below), which, when combined with the electronic workflow linked to the JDF-enabled Trueflow 3 system, means that turnaround times continue to delight our customers.

DESIGN AND PREPRESS

Full Complement of Macintosh and PC Workstations

Apple/Mac OSX Systems
4 X Mac Pro. 3 GHz 64-bit Dual-Core Intel Xeon (NVIDIA quadro FX4500; 16GB of 667MHz DDR2 RAM)
5 X Power Mac G5Dual-core 2.3GHz PowerPC G5 (NVIDIA quadro FX4500; 8 X 2GB SDRAM)
3 X Mac G5 Quad double dual-core 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 (NVIDIA quadro FX4500; 8 X 2GB SDRAM)
10 X 23" HD cinema display
2 X Apple 22" cinema display


PC Windows Systems
5 X DELL XPS 700 (Intel E6300-E6700; NVIDIA® nForce 590 SLI MCP; 4GB DDR2 SDRAM)
2 X HP xw9300 Workstation (Dual-Core AMD Opteron 2.2 GHz; NVIDIA Quadro FX3450 PCIe; 4 GB DDR SDRAM)
4 X HP xw6200 Workstation (Intel® Xeon™ 3.40 GHz; 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM; NVIDIA Quadro NVS 285)
8 X HP Flat 24 in. panel monitor LP2465
3 X HP Flat 20 in. panel monitor L2035

SCANNERS
Cruse CS 155/450 P ( 10,000x15,000 pixels; 450mb, 3x8 bit; 36"x48" vacuum board)
Agfascan XY-15 Plus (5,000x5,000 ppi, 48-bit color depth, 350x470mm reflective/350x455mm
Cezanne Flatbed and drum scanners
ICG drum scanner pre-press

INTERNET

Central server unit with complete archiving station
FTP site with T1 for file transfer

PREPRESS / CTP TECHNOLOGY

  • Screen PlateRite 8800II with GLV technology. (512 ILPR; 35 pph; 1200, 2400, 2438, 2540 dpi; 450 x 370 mm– 1160 x 940 mm)
  • eidelberg Topsetter 102 Computerto-
    Plate)
  • Heidelberg Topsetter 102
    Computer-to-Plate)
  • Cruse CS 155/450 P ( 10,000x15,000 pixels;
    450mb, 3x8 bit; 36"x48" vacuum board)
  • Agfascan XY-15 Plus (5,000x5,000 ppi, 48-bit
    color depth, 350x470mm reflective/350x455mm
  • Cezanne Flatbed and drum scanners
  • ICG drum scanner pre-press

PROOFING

  • Epson 4000
    Max Width 432mm (Roll Feed)
  • Hewlett Packard 1050c colour Form Proofer
    Max size 1020 x 720mm

PREPRESS PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

Heidelberg Printready JDF Workflow

SHEET FED DIGITAL PRINTING

  • The Xerox Docucolor 6060
  • The Xerox DocuColor iGen3 – 110
  • The Xerox DocuTech 6180 Production Publisher (mono printing)
  • Xerox 8160 Wide Format Color Printer

SHEET FED LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING

  • Heidelberg Printmaster PM 74–4 4P 530 x 740 mm 4/0 or 2/2
  • Heidelberg SM102 CD 5P 720mm x 1020mm 5/0 or 2/3
  • Heidelberg SM102 2P 720mm x 1020mm 2/0 or 1/1

FINISHING / BINDERY

FOLDERS
Heidelberg Pile Fed Ti52 B2

Heidelberg Pallet Fed TH82 B1 with Ram Bundling

SEWER
Aster 2000 Auto Sewer 420 x 320

LAMINATOR
3210 Thermal Laminator System

BINDING
Kolbus Ratiobinder - 24 stations with inline gathering, trimming and shrink-wrapping
Finished book size min 130 x 100 max 380 x 300
Max spine 60mm slotted, sewn and perfect bound
Heidelberg ST400 Stitchmaster - 6 stations and cover feeder

TRIMMING
Wohlenberg 115 Guillotine 1150 x 1145
Wohlenberg 155 Guillotine 1550 x 1650

DIGITAL POST PRESS FINISHING / BINDING

BINDER
Horizon BQ340S (perfect)

COLLATOR
Horizon VAC-100

STITCHER & FOLDER
Horizon SPF-20A

TRIMMER
Horizon FC-20A

*See specific presses above for finishing and binding
equipment specifications that also may apply.

MISCELLANEOUS
Orion pallet wrapper