Pixartprinting maintains competitive advantage

Move to inkjet with Canon as technology partner.
  • Objective

    Filling the gap between existing offset and digital B2 toner technologies without compromising quality.

  • Challenges

    Identifying equipment and a technology partner for digital, integrated and automated print lines.

  • Approach

    Installing three Canon ProStream web-fed inkjet printers to create three separate print lines.

  • Achievements

    Improved ease of use, productivity and uptime with a streamlined, end-to-end workflow.

“We chose to explore inkjet because there was no other technology, from a productivity and cost perspective, that was at the same level.”

Alessio Piazzetta, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Pixartprinting

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Productivity with offset-like quality

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Quarto D’Altino, Italy, Pixartprinting is a commercial print service provider and one of the largest web-to-print operations in Europe. Today, Pixartprinting has over 1,000 employees and services more than a million active customers across Europe.

The company delivers a range of online print services: small format applications, large format products, as well as labels and packaging. From printing to binding and cutting, through to laminating and creasing, Pixartprinting is focused on optimising the entire production process from order to delivery.

With an existing portfolio of offset and digital B2 toner presses, Pixartprinting decided to implement a web-fed technology with higher productivity in printing and in finishing, simplifying the overall process and enabling the shift of shorter run length jobs from offset to digital.

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Streamlined workflows

Pixartprinting made its first investment in a high-speed digital inkjet press with the Canon ProStream 1000 series. With a focus on the complete production process, Pixartprinting’s goal was to streamline processes, saving labour cost and preventing errors by limiting the amount of manual intervention.

“We decided on a web-fed solution for two reasons: for the speed of the press and the fact that web-fed finishing technology is much faster and much more productive compared with sheet-fed finishing technology,” says Alessio.

The foundation of the fruitful partnership was laid in September 2018 with Pixartprinting investing in its first Canon ProStream 1000 web-fed inkjet printer, followed by a second press in September 2019 and a third in March 2021.

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Improved useability and productivity

The ProStreams are linked with Pixartprinting’s own workflow, which manages the way customers order on the website and then automatically drives the jobs to the most efficient printing technology depending on the requirements of the job, for the imposition, preparation and printing of the final application.

As a result, the company has experienced significant efficiency gains, and since transitioning work to the ProStreams, has achieved cost savings of 25 – 30%. Another huge advantage of the web-fed ProStream is its ability to handle varying format lengths dynamically.

“The main benefits for us since installing the ProStreams are the higher productivity and efficiency they deliver.”

Alessio Piazzetta, Chief Manufacturing Officer at Pixartprinting
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