We raising the bar for turnaround times, quality and value for money with our latest investment. At Expert print we’re delighted to announce that we have recently added a new press to our current plant list. The Heidelberg XL75 is renowned as the world leader in the B2 market and print unrivalled quality in super quick time.
The Speedmaster XL 75 with its innovative technology and highest automation level has secured a leading position in the Peak Performance Class. It offers the solution without any compromise in the 50 × 70 format range and a maximum of availability, shortest makeready times as well as consistent high production speeds which ensure the decisive competitive edges in technology and productivity.
The Speedmaster XL 75 offers comprehensive configuration possibilities and satisfies even the most unusual and demanding requirements of customers in commercial and packaging printing. The configuration possibilities range from two to ten printing units, either with or without perfecting device or coating unit. Depending on requirement, the Speedmaster XL 75 can be equipped with packages that allow to reduce makeready times and increase productivity as well as with various components such as, for example, from the Star System. The result is a customized machine that offers you the added value you need for an exceptional market positioning and the guarantee that you are optimally equipped for the future.
As a pioneer for eco-friendly printing Heidelberg develops solutions to reduce CO 2 and process emissions as well as waste and to eliminate it. Therefore, the Speedmaster XL 75 is not only the benchmark for productivity. The high energy efficiency and the careful use of resources make it the most eco-friendly machine in its class. If requested, the Speedmaster XL 75 can be offered as a CO 2 -neutral press, as is the case with all other presses from Heidelberg. By means of a measuring device it is possible to measure and visualize the machine’s energy efficiency per 1000 sheets during the production. This allows the operator to operate the machine in a very energy-efficient way. Another possibility to reduce the energy demand is to use again the waste heat of the DryStar Combination dryer for the drying process by means of heat recovery. The Star System peripherals are perfectly coordinated with the press. They are highly efficient and designed to conserve energy and resources. The reduction or even the complete renouncement of alcohol thanks to the equipment of the machine with special packages is another important contribution to eco-friendly printing. This results in a print process that delivers eco-friendly operation at lower costs.
Used printing machinery for sale from Expertprint Ltd. Save tens of thousands of pounds against new and see all our machines working in our fully operational print plant. All machines are in good working order and can be demostrated on request. For more details on any of our machines please call 01302 719137.
FOLDING MACHINES FOR SALE:
MBO B123 Folder For Sale (with cross folding unit)
MBO MBO B123/4/4 Folding Machine Age c.1996, Rebuilt by packaging craftsmen in 2003 – great work horse, folds up to 22,000 per hour on A4 size. Round-Pile continious feeder, 1st unit B123/4 – 4 Plate folds, 2nd unit B123/4-2 4 plate folds, available immediately, can be seen working in our factory and will be happy to demonstrate. £6950
MBO B123 Folder For Sale
MBO MBO B123/4 Folding Machine Age c.1999, folds up to 26,000 per hour on A4 size and can be used to fold 2 up for super fast folding. Round-Pile continious feeder, 1 unit B123/4 – 4 Plate folds, available immediately, can be seen working in our factory and will be happy to demonstrate. £5800
Horizon Folder For Sale AFC-544AKT
HORIZON FOLDER AFC-544AKT(54 x 74cm), Age c.2008, serial no.344007, Touch Sceen Monitor, Automatic set up (17 fold patterns), 4 Buckles, Electronic knife, High Production Speed 36,000 SPH, available immediately, can be seen working in our factory and will be happy to demonstrate. £17,800
USED GUILLOTINES FOR SALE:
Polar 76 EM Guillotine for Sale
POLAR GUILLOTINE 76 EM, Age c.1989, FFM guarding, 99 programmatic channels, Chrome bed, 2x Spare blades, Standard accessories, available immediately, can be seen working in our factory and will be happy to demonstrate. £6900
USED MULLER MARTINI FOR SALE:
Muller Martini Bravo For Sale
MULLER MARTINI Bravo, Age c.1998, 4 x Type 306 feeders, 1x 1528 Cover feeder, 4 x stitching heads, 4/5th Knife included for 2 up work, Bravo 380 stitching unit, 1x 361 3 Knife trimmer. Busche waste conveyor. Max speed 12000 CPH, new belts just 6 months ago, available immediately, can be seen working in our factory and will be happy to demonstrate. £42,000
USED PRINTING PRESS FOR SALE:
Shinohara 6 Colour B2 Printing Press for Sale
Shinohara 74VI six colour Age 2000 format: 750 x 585mm Circa 130 million impressions Operation console, Shinohara plate change, Plate cocking Alcohol dampening, Technotrans Alpha D, Auto ink roller and blanket wash IVT Combi IR, Weko T77c powder spray. £120,000
At Expertprint we sell our equipment when we upgrade to new kit, so unlike dealers we do not need to make huge profits on the print machinery we sell. All the machines which are available are in full commercial production and can be viewed at your leisure. Unlike dealers who buy and sell machines we know all about the machines which we have for sale as we have operated them over a number of years. You can rest assured that you wont inherit any problems should you wish to choose to buy a machine from our list above. We often sell folding machines due to these being very easily available on the market – compare the cost of one of our machines to dealer prices and you’ll find our prices typically 35% cheaper, we don’t have storage costs or engineers to pay. Instead we move on our machines at a fair price to the print trade so everyone benefits. We are always looking to purchase used printing equipment like used folding machines and used guillotines. If you have any of these types of machines available and would like to do an immediate deal, please contact us. Buy from us with confidence – every single machine can be working and demonstrated free of charge.
Johannes Gutenberg stands for one of the greatest emblematic figure in the history of printing. Even if the Chinese and the Koreans had been using moveable types of printing for centuries before the Gutenberg area, Johannes Gutenberg remains the historic man of the printing world.
The latter was a German goldsmith and businessman who lived in an upper class family in Mainz, a small mining town located in Southern Germany. His skills as a goldsmith led him to invent a technology that changed the world of printing. He created the printing press with replaceable and moveable wooden or metal letters in 1436. Gutenberg’s moveable type consisted in separating each letter used in the press so that the writer could rearrange and replace them to make different words, different pages. Gutenberg fabricated his type from an alloy of lead, tin and antimony which were much more solid and long-lasting than the wood and porcelain types preferred in East-Asia. The choice of these materials, better for printing than any other material, has led to printed books of high quality. Johannes Gutenberg also inaugurated a new kind of ink made of oil which replaced the previous water-made ink of a poor quality.
The Gutenberg craftsmanship resulted in clearer and easier to read Roman style letters across a printed page. The Gutenberg moveable type of printing was deeply recognized and praised as being a revolution in the production of books and in the promotion of scientific, artistic and religious knowledge through the facilitated transmission of printed texts. In other words, specialists could more easily share information across Europe. In 1440, Gutenberg created the printing press in the Rhine Valley. It was known as the Gutenberg press. The Gutenberg press was an innovative moveable type printing, made of wood first and metal material later. This new technology manufactured cheaper and cheaper printed materials available for the very common people. Gutenberg’s press machine could print a lot of paper for low price, which was a great revolution at the time. He started his ambitious project with two collaborators: Andreas Dritzehn, Gutenberg’s former apprentice in gem-cutting, and Andreas Heilmann, the owner of a paper mill. One of his most outstanding outputs, containing some colorful pages, was the Gutenberg Bible, an awesome, technical and very aesthetic masterpiece which dated from the 1450s.
Gutenberg’s printing invention was a full success in Germany and later in Europe. His innovative printing press machine was the proper device, at the proper place, at the proper time. Indeed, Gutenberg’s time coincided with the growth of a more educated European middle class and consequently with the increase of reading materials. The Gutenberg press remained the only printing tool used by people for more than 300 years, more precisely until 1811. The Gutenberg printing press represents one of the most important inventions in the history of printing. It allowed the production of books, newspapers, magazines, etc in great numbers and promoted the interest in reading and the value of printed materials.
We print thousands of business cards each week. They come in so many different forms, shapes and sizes and there isn’t really an idea that we haven’t seen. But do you know where they originated from? We didn’t and what we found was quite interesting…
Business cards are in fact an adoption from the French court etiquette. The first form of business cards were called Visiting Cards or ‘Visite Biletes’ and were the size of playing cards. In fact, in there rawest form, they started as playing cards and visitors would write their signatures, promissory notes or a little message on them. These later developed into greetings cards and the like which we give today.
The first Visiting Cards appeared in France during King Louis XIV reign and were used as a way to introduce the owner in grand display of wealth and importance. Across different countries, there was a more separation between Visiting Cards and Business Cards though.
If we skip across the channel to England, they were known as Tradecards and were around in the 17th Century. They were a mix of what we would today class as Business Cards and Leaflets; with the company name and address on them, sometimes along with a map as there was no formal numbering system at that time.
Once we reach the 19th Century, Tradecards were still used but in monotone but engraving had become more popular. Sometime in the 1830’s lithography using several colours became established in Europe and throughout the 19th Century new technology and improved speed of communication made printing more and it became easier and more affordable to print.
So there you have it. The slightly obscure history of the business card as we have found it. It does throw a different light onto something that we no consider to be a basic business necessity and it show just how far we have come in the printing industry!