Fast Edit opts for Komori’s ink-jet B2+ and Valiani’s Omnia to acquire new customers
Fast Edit is an Italian company in Acquaviva Picena, founded in 1993. Constantly evolving over time, in recent months it has decided to build an entirely digital production flow, which would allow it to manage printing and die-cutting processes from design to delivery.
After purchasing Komori’s ink-jet B2+ Impremia IS29, Fast Edit took part in the company’s September Open House, where Valiani participated as a technological finishing partner for Komori. Here Fast Edit immediately met and chose Omnia, the digital cutting plotter equipped with an automatic loading and unloading system for sheets and panels.
Thanks to the choice to use Komori Impremia IS29 and Valiani Omnia in a combined way on an extended 12-hour shift, Fast Edit has already expanded its offer, and started serving new customers.
Below is the full article published in the 08/2020 issue of Italia Publishers magazine, in which Massimo Cavalieri, Head of the Digital Sector of Fast Edit, explains all the details on the choice and use of the Valiani and Komori machines.
Fast Edit opts for Komori’s ink-jet B2+ and Valiani’s Omnia to acquire new customers
On the strength of digital and offset printing technologies, the Italian printer bets on ink-jet printing and automated digital cutting to hit the big time in the packaging industry
Contrary to the vast majority of printing works, just-in-time production has never been a bit of a stretch for Fast Edit. The company was founded in 1993 in Acquaviva Picena, on the Adriatic coast of the Marches, where Enio Gabrielli started to run a print shop together with two partners. Without any hands-on experience whatsoever, the three businessmen purchased their first two-tone offset press, a 70×100-format Aurelia, and threw down their gauntlet to the market: guaranteeing a fast service in print production.
At the beginning, prepress and bookbinding were outsourced to an external supplier, but Gabrielli and his members endured the long period of plates procurement and finishing processes. Thus, in 2000, Fast Edit introduced the CtP, and the following year inaugurated a bookbinding department. Volumes had nonstop growth, to the extent that in 1997 the company purchased a 50×70 Heidelberg Speedmaster, and in 2005 an eight-colour 70×100-format Speedmaster. The latest addition, in 2012, was a five-colour Speedmaster with divalent spreader, allowing it to make traditional varnishing and UV. In the same year, Fast Edit introduced digital printing, first and foremost a Xerox iGen4. Then, in 2015, it widened the department by installing a Xerox Color 1000i, replaced by a Xerox Iridesse in 2020. The ever-increasing rise in production capacity has enabled the company to achieve a turnover of 2,3 million euro (2019), with a team made up of 20 employees. At the very beginning of 2020, Fast Edit opened new premises, totally dedicated to digital printing services, within the former Ascoli Piceno’s Mondadori paper mill. It is here where Fast Edit installed the Komori Impremia IS29 digital printing machine and a computerized digital cutting plotter, Valiani’s Omnia, respectively in April and September of last year.
Automated workflow and valuable technological choices
Fast Edit processes, performs and delivers, on average, about fifty jobs every day offering its customers delivery times that can be as short as a few hours. To ensure the highest reliability and reduce downtime, the company has always invested in state-of-the-art technologies. Customers files are processed by the management system using the Heidelberg Prinect workflow, which handles the pre-flight, manages the colour and prepares the settings. Depending on the quantities, delivery times and the availability of the equipment, work is sent to the offset prepress, which prepares the plates, or directly sent to the front ends of the digital printing machines. The company’s finishing department hosts bending, creasing systems, Horizon three-sided trimming, Mueller Martini saddle stitched staplers, Heidelberg folding machines, GMP couplers and a Polar paper cutter.
Supervisor of the Digital Sector
“When we choose a machine, we don’t make any compromises”, Massimiliano Cavalieri affirms, Supervisor of the Digital Sector.
“We prefer solid, reliable and long-lasting equipment, proposed by serious and well-prepared suppliers, with a considerable installation base.
Short run, paper converting and time-to-market: challenges and differentiating factors for Fast Edit
Born, and matured, just before the revolution that affected graphic arts in the years 2000, Fast Edit has never rested on its laurels. The achievements and the investments of the company increased at the same rate, driven by the desire to offer the best product, the shortest delivery times and a personalized service.
Among Fast Edit customers are manufacturing, footwear, food industries, as well as tour operators and retailers. The traditional commercial and publishing core business has been flanked in recent years by small folders orders, POP&POS displays, cosmetics and organic food boxes, coatings for boxes and plenty of other packaging applications. High-margin processes have led the company to invest in new printing technologies, varnishing, lamination, special finishing and die-cutting.
The decisive digital turnaround
To indulge the growth of paper industry orders, Fast Edit has maximised the efficiency of prepress and the offset press start-ups and makes use of a cylindrical plane die-cutter. Nevertheless, the long period required for the implementation of the cutting dies, and the dependency on external suppliers, has generated economic inefficiencies and bottlenecks. Also, the purchase of a small plotter, used for vinyl kiss-cut and small cutting and creasing, turned out to be inappropriate. Hence, Fast Edit has decided to build an entirely digital production workflow, enabling it to manage printing and packaging processes from the design to the delivery phase.
Komori’s Impremia IS29 and Valiani’s Omnia’s choice
First and foremost, the company’s staff has analysed the digital printing technologies suitable for both commercial printing and for packaging work, narrowing it down to just a few B2-format platforms. The choice of the ink-jet technology, and the decision to rely on Komori, followed a demo that took place at Komori’s European headquarters. “To produce packaging, you need extreme quality, an extended color gamut, accurate and repeatable spot colors, and compatibility with both paper and plastic substrates, even very thick ones” Cavalieri explains. “We tested the Impremia IS29 with our materials and files, and it met all these requirements, outperforming offset on many fronts.” In the first months of use, Fast Edit has diverted many jobs usually performed in offset to the Komori platform, and acquired new orders on critical materials, such as 600 micron cardboard and plastic substrates. However, the efficiency gained in printing was met with stiffness in finishing.
This is why, during the summer of 2020, Fast Edit evaluated the purchase of a digital cutting and creasing system, testing several solutions. At the end of September, at the inaugural open house of the new headquarters, the company hosted its key suppliers and their technologies. Among them was Komori, that had involved its technological partner for the finishing process, the Italian firm Valiani. It is at this juncture that Fast Edit discovered the Omnia, a digital cutting plotter equipped with automatic loading and unloading of sheets and panels of up to the 12mm thickness. “In the days before the event, and during the open house, we used Omnia for our processes, and we were struck by the machine’s solidity and user- friendliness”, Cavalieri says. “More than just a demo, it was an on-site stress test. Thus, without having foreseen it, we decided to buy one”. Among the reasons that convinced Fast Edit, is the Omnia’s maximum paper format (600×800 mm), which makes it compatible with the most common digital and offset formats, including the Impremia’s IS29 (580×750 mm). Thanks to the automatic feeder and the camera register control, Omnia can moreover die-cut hundreds of sheets, in multiple yields, without the supervision of an operator. To cut a printed sheet, it is sufficient that the prepress department add the appropriate registration marks in the file. “A complex process may even take a few hours, but the setup times and costs are reset to zero. Furthermore, thanks to Valiani’s after-sales support, we are guaranteed constant assistance and consultation for any tools, materials or procedures”, explains Cavalieri. “By means of Omnia we can also die-cut 700-800 sheets printed in offset, thereby delivering the first items as early as a few hours from the order”. Along with the Valiani Omnia, Fast Edit has also adopted the Valiani V Studio software suite, including m3 Art, an array of over 2000 parametric models for boxes and displays.
New customers, products and services, all in a digital key
By combining Komori Impremia IS29 and Valiani Omnia, both used on an extended twelve-hour shift, Fast Edit has already widened the range of its offers and started to serve new customers. Among the most successful products, are the high-quality short-run catalogues, also commissioned by the biggest printing houses unequipped with digital systems. On the card front, the possibility of producing completely customized corrugated E-flute cardboard boxes, is triggering a significant demand by the retail trade, wine cellars, farms and oil companies, thus generating significant sales margins for our enterprise.
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