March 7th 2017 in Technology, Environment

Harvesting used water reduces costs

The days have long gone where printers create film and then expose the image onto plates using a print down frame. Making plates for the press is now completely automated. Once a customer approves their Epson proofs the files are sent to the plate processor where a set of lasers fire the image into the surface of the waterless plate

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February 28th 2017 in Technology, Environment, Uncategorised

Voltage Power Optimiser

I love green technology that continues to pay you back! We purchased this Voltage Power Optimiser around 10 years ago. This is an electrical energy saving device which is installed in series with the main electricity supply to provide a reduced supply voltage to our site equipment. It saves in the region of 12% p.a. on our electric bill which in

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February 21st 2017 in Technology, Company

The art of mixing ink

Accurately mixing an ink to a specific pantone colour is certainly an art. In this case we are mixing pantone 375 a green. As you can see blue and yellow weighed to the correct proportions should hit the colour correctly, but at Park Lane we also add other colours or additives to make it print better or improve the match to the pantone book. In

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February 17th 2017 in Technology

Maintenance is the route to quality

Printing using the waterless process requires the printing press to be maintained to the highest of standards, in order that it can be operated to an expected quality and consistency, which is then translated onto the printed sheet. Today new rollers have been installed in the yellow unit, and the unit is in its final stages of

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February 14th 2017 in Technology, Services

Which laminate should I use?

Lamination is a process where a very thin layer of plastic is applied to the surface of paper or card. It helps protect the print beneath.  It is also tear resistant and water resistant. Having materials laminated improves wear and tear in terms of handling, and potential damage from the sun There are several types of laminate available on the

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October 3rd 2016 in Technology

Choosing the correct paper for your project.

The world of paper can appear to be quite complicated, dozens of paper names sold by an array of merchants. The aim of this blog is to de-mystify and simplify the choice of papers The world of paper basically falls into two categories - coated and uncoated. Most paper used in the UK comes from only a few European mills. Merchants sell

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May 6th 2016 in Technology, Services

Trouble with Dark Imagery?

The imagery used on this suite of A4 landscape brochures is stunning. Printed using the waterless process with a very heavy ink content (mainly black) throughout provides a real feel of quality. The specification includes soft touch laminated to the outer covers, gold foil and spot UV. The extra embellishments set off this promotional piece for

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April 26th 2016 in Technology

The Craft of Mixing Ink

Accurately mixing an ink to a specific pantone colour is certainly an art. In this case we are mixing pantone 375 a green. As you can see blue and yellow weighed to the correct proportions should hit the colour correctly, but at Park Lane we also add other colours or additives to make it print better, or improve the match to the pantone

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April 21st 2016 in Technology

The Double Hit

How to get the best out of your 6 colour press. Our 6 colour press has been printing 4 colour process plus  "double hit" with a special pantone blue, to hit a specific colour for the client, who was press passing. We do like press passing, as being able to accommodate our clients like this makes all the difference. The depth of colour

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