Lightning Printers Advances Digital Printing Capabilities With Xerox Versant 80 Press


Port Shepstone based printing and signage company Lightning Printers has expanded its digital printing capabilities with the addition of a new Xerox Versant 80 (V80) Press. It was made available through Bytes Document Solutions’ (BDS) business partner Capital Office Automation.

Lightning Printers first introduced digital services in 2004 to complement its litho-based large volume print service. They have since scaled up their digital production with the steady increase in demand.

Business owner Dean Burchett said the switch to the Xerox V80 was an easy decision, not only because the company’s previous Xerox C700 had reached its end-of-life, but because the efficiency, quality and speed of the new printer was exactly what the business needed.

‘We did our research and realised that the V80 was the right fit for us, and we knew that we had made the right choice for our customers,’ noted Burchett.

‘Having worked in the industry for a long time, I know that Xerox is the benchmark for these qualities, and so we’ve standardised on Xerox products for our digital business,’ he said. ‘I also know that every new generation of printer brings with it some remarkable advances, but I wasn’t quite expecting a full doubling of speed and across-the-board colour and calibration accuracy that the V80 delivers over its predecessor.’

‘Our reputation is built on service and quality, and that’s what we promise with every print, from the smallest order of business cards to the largest order of flyers, stationery and other items. We have continued to elevate our digital offerings with increased speed and improved product quality,’ said Burchett.

The V80 features Xerox’s ultra-high definition print engine, delivering 2400 x 2400dpi resolution at the fastest speeds, and (with an optional performance pack) on the thickest media (350gsm). The 10-bit processing delivered by the EFI Fiery Print Server increases the possible number of traditional pick points from 256 (with 8-bit processing) to 1024 with 10-bit processing for each colour separation. The more pixels moved by the RIP to the print engine, the more customer-pleasing details (four times more pixels than the digital press standard), making for stunning results on every page.

The V80 also features an inline spectrophotometer and Automated Color Quality Suite to produce stable and accurate colour on every job, coupled with Xerox’s compact belt fuser technology that applies uniform heat and pressure needed to bond Emulsion Aggregation dry ink to a wide range of surfaces without slowing production speed.

Dick Basday, director of Capital Office Automation, said, ‘Lightning Print is committed to delivering high-quality goods and excellent service to their customers just as we are committed to ours. We knew that the Xerox V80 would meet their high standards. It has increased the number of jobs that Lightning Print can now produce and shortened the turnaround time to customers without sacrificing the quality of the product.’

Basday said that the partnership between Capital Office Automation and Bytes Document Solutions (Xerox) goes back 17 years. ‘We are proud to be a BDS partner and our 36 years in the office automation industry brings with it valuable skills and experience to provide our customers with the right solutions.’

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