Boss Litho’s Diamond 3000R makes four-over-four catalogs and publications more visually compelling. The perfector prints and coats both sides of the sheet in a single pass thanks to inline coaters before and after the sheet-reversing unit. Nataf opted for a full UV machine: one interdeck UV module after every printing unit and UV curing lamps after both coaters.
“This is a unique press,” Nataf said. “Customers can choose shiny gloss, ‘soft touch’ or matte surface finishes. The sheets are immediately dry as they leave the press and can be folded right away. We used to outsource commercial web printing for a major clothing retailer. Now we are able to print longer runs directly for this customer very competitively.”
The press can print different stock up to 12 points in the perfecting mode. It easily handles paper, uncoated folding carton board and nonporous substrates (such as plastics and synthetics) up to a thickness of 24 points when converted to straight printing.
It took six weeks to set up the new machine.
“Mitsubishi’s service was amazing,” Nataf said. “Two technicians stayed with us full time during those six weeks to make sure that all was running as it should and Boss Litho’s press operators knew what to do.”
There are numerous opportunities for high-quality packaging printing, Nataf noted.
“We already have begun working with a new customer that wants to print foil packaging,” he said.
The window of opportunity has opened on calendar printing, Nataf added.
“UV inks are a little more expensive, but the higher productivity from printing four-over-four offsets the cost to the customer,” he said.
In addition to the $3.7 million investment in the Diamond 3000R, Boss Litho has two other presses, including a six-color, 40-inch Mitsubishi D3000LX and a six-color, 40-inch perfector. In the digital arena, it operates dye sublimation printers.
“The biggest challenge for us is to develop a broad clientele to put our many capabilities to the best use,” Nataf said.