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Fuji Xerox has developed new post-processing technologies coordinated with print job output, including high-speed, high-accuracy saddle-staple finishing, two-sided trim, and creasing, thus delivering enhanced post-processing functionality as well as an expanded range of compatible paper and improved productivity. Also, because we have standardized the interfaces between all units (including the finishing units and the main unit,) and optimized their paper timing, we were able to divide the various post-processing functions into separate modules, giving customers the freedom to choose the functions they need or to add new functions later. In addition, we have moved the inserter function to the first stage of post-processing, allowing special paper types, or pre-printed pages to be inserted, as covers or inserts with any of the subsequent post-processing functions.

Post-processing technologies delivering high quality and high productivity

Crease Registration correction Two-sided trim Buffer Side staple Stack Saddle staple Face trim Square Fold

Crease/Two-sided Trimmer


This function adds creases in advance to pamphlet covers, cards, etc. where they are to be folded, helping to reduce the occurrence of image cracking and improve the quality of the printed documents. Adding creases for different folding directions (i.e., mountain and valley folds) is done by changing the direction of the two creasing blades accordingly. As many as five creases can be added to a single sheet of paper, and the amount of force used to create the creases can be adjusted depending on the thickness of the paper. A wide variety of folds, including accordion folds, can be achieved with this function.

Registration correction

In keeping with the diversification of print jobs, Fuji Xerox has developed registration correction technology using a roll-swing method to allow for compatibility with heavyweight paper. Registration correction is performed as follows: first, the skew amount (tilt) of a transported sheet of paper is detected by a sensor, and before the paper arrives at the swing roll, the roll is tilted based on the detected skew amount. Then, just after the lead edge of the paper passes through the tilted swing roll, the tilt of the roll is returned to normal, correcting the skew of the paper.

Two-sided trim

In the newly developed two-sided trim function (used to trim the top and bottom of the paper), adjustment of the trimming locations is done automatically by detecting the positions of the sides of each page using a contact image sensor and moving the cutter units to the detected positions, thus achieving improved cutting precision and high-quality post-processing output. In addition, we have adopted a round-bladed cutter to allow for compatibility with paper types ranging from light weight paper (52 gsm) to heavy weight paper (350 gsm), and we have allowed the two cutter units to move independently of one another in order to accommodate paper widths (before cutting) ranging from 196 to 300.2 mm. The dimensions for cutting location and paper width after cutting can be adjusted in increments of 0.1 mm. Also, because the strips of trimming waste are neatly aligned in the dust box with no empty pockets, we were able to reduce the size of the dust box, conserving space. Furthermore, the dust box can be briefly opened and emptied even while a job is running, eliminating the need to stop processing and preventing productivity losses.

Buffer (improving productivity of saddle staple finishing)

Because paper for a subsequent job cannot be transported to the Finisher while saddle stapling / folding for the preceding job is still in progress, in the case of previous models, the subsequent job had to await processing, causing a loss of productivity. To address this problem, the first two sheets of the subsequent job are now held in a buffer path in the Crease/Two-sided Trimmer unit while the preceding job is being processed in the Finisher, and the two sheets are simultaneously transported to the Finisher when it becomes possible to do so. This buffer greatly reduces the total time required for post-processing, improving productivity.

Finisher with Booklet Maker


Many different sizes and types of paper are output to the paper output tray of the Finisher. In the case of lightweight paper or lightweight coated paper, depending on the output angle of the paper and the angle of the tray, poor stacking may occur due to friction between the paper and tray or other sheets of paper. To address this, we have made it possible to switch the angle of the output tray when using lightweight paper or lightweight coated paper, reducing the paper’s frictional resistance. Furthermore, the design of the tray makes it easy for the user to switch between angles while also preventing the angle from changing unintentionally due to the weight of the paper in the tray, etc.

Side staple

The paper compiling area has a two tampers, one on each side, that move independently, allowing the pages to be compiled in the same position in which they are to be output. Corner stapling is done by holding the entire stack of pages between the two tampers and moving it to the stapler all at once, which minimizes the necessary movement of individual sheets of paper. This improves the Finisher’s capability of handling curled paper, increases the speed of post-processing, and enables compilation of smaller paper sizes, thus increasing the range of compatible paper types. To improve productivity, we have added a buffer immediately before the paper compiling mechanism in which two sheets can be stored temporarily. Reducing transport resistance and optimizing the driving control within the buffer path prevents the multiple overlaid sheets of paper from shifting out of position and aligns them as they are being transported.
To reduce the noise caused by operation of the stapler in the Finisher, we have optimized the control of the motor’s current value and used controlled the motor speed using multistage control according to the paper type and number of sheets each time stapling is done. This enables the minimum force necessary to be used when stapling, reducing noise and creating a more pleasant environment.

Saddle staple

In the saddle staple finishing area, we have modified the placement of the stapler and folding rolls and extended the length of the tampers used to compile the paper, thus improving the accuracy of compilation for larger sizes of paper. Also, to deal with curling of the paper due environmental changes, etc. we have added a clamp mechanism to hold the paper in place and reduce the misalignment of the paper caused by bending, etc. Because the paper is secured in the correct position, folding accuracy is improved.

In order to increase the number of pages that can be folded, the folding rolls have a configuration that allows them to swing outward toward both sides. In addition, the pressure of the folding rollers changes to the optimal pressure depending on the number of sheets of paper being folded, and the diameter of the folding rollers has also been optimized, making it possible to reduce the occurrence of wrinkles in the paper whether folding booklets with a few pages or many pages.

SquareFold Trimmer

Face trim

In the cutter where face trimming is performed, we have improved the design of the part used to secure the booklet in place and optimized the amount of pressure used in order to reduce shifting of the booklet during trimming. This makes it possible to perform face trimming in the correct location regardless of the number of sheets in the booklet, delivering high-quality finished output.

Square fold

As the number of pages in a saddle-stapled booklet increases, bulging of the spine occurs. Square fold finishing creates a flat spine by securing the booklet between two clamps, then using a flattening roller to apply pressure to the booklet’s spine. This process reduces the bulging of the spine for high-quality finished output.

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In conjunction with our partners Antalis, Ashgate Automation and Vpress we are hosting a number of open days around the UK, starting with a Valentines Day themed event at the Ricoh factory in Telford on Tuesday 12th February.

If you would like to join us and understand how collaboration can accelerate your business, register through the main link, get in touch…. or call 07518 604611


Ashgate Automation has been providing expert finishing solutions for the printing and binding industry since its launch in 1989. We are proud to be the UK’s foremost and most-trusted distributor of the Fastbind range of photobook makers, case makers and binding machines.


Antalis is UK and Ireland’s leading supplier of paper, visual communications and packaging materials, with an extensive range of over 13,000 products. In a rapidly evolving market, we are passionate about guiding our customers through the latest print technologies and innovative new products to ensure they maximize the use of their digital equipment, generate new revenue streams and penetrate new markets.


Smart Print have over 50 years of combined experience in the Print and Graphics Arts sector, supplying industry leading digital print devices. Smart Print has evolved a business that deals with the core needs of its clients, no jargon, no oversell just solutions to problems.

The range of products are market leading best in class manufacturers to ensure we provide the most appropriate solution for each customer.


Vpress is the market leader in Web2Print technology, based in the UK with a global reach. Vpress has defined what has become Web2Print and dynamic marketing over the last 18 years providing affordable, intuitive workflow solutions.


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Why would you?? Well… because you can!

At the Print Show in 2018, we were very pleased to supplied Cubic Digital Print & Design (Southampton) with an R180 hybrid device to meet their roll-to-roll and flatbed needs.

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Recent feedback on the R180 from Stuart Devlin is:- “Ultimately at the price point it’s legendary!

What I did that is incredibly impressive, though I’m not sure that I would offer it as a service was to put a 2400x1200mm sheet of plaster board through it. I deliberately didn’t try anything too demanding like an edge to edge print, just an image in the middle of the sheet which was fairly forgiving but it did it.”

Picture attached!!

Very impressive

For more information on the R180 and what you can do with it, call Smart Print on 01707 888500 or email

Hybrid R180 WITH TEXT

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Hopeless romantics that we are at Smart Print, we have a little poem for you:-

Roses are PMS 032

Violets are PMS 266

Sugar is sweet

…and so is adding the value of a 5th colour on your Pro C7200


(Hmm…Think you can do better? Send us your Valentines poem and we will send a bouquet to the best one…) 

Maybe we are not great at poetry, but we do know how to add that little something to your printed output.

valentines picture


Smart Print and our partners, Vpress, Antalis and Ashgate Automation,
would like to invite you to an open day
at the Ricoh Factory in Telford on Tuesday 12th February.




We will showcase fifth colour technologies and how they can be used to enhance your portfolio,
along with web2print and finishing solutions that can help your customers fall more in love with you!
Neon Pink certainly brightens up Valentines cards!!


We will be happy to print your very own Valentines card,
hopefully with a better poem than ours!


For more information call 01707 888500
or email

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At Smart Print Technology Ltd, we think we have a reasonably good grasp on digital print engines and what they can do.

We think that we know which device is best placed for individual customer needs and to be clear, those needs are more different than you might imagine.

Having said that, we also think that we don’t know everything and for that reason, we intend to work more closely through 2019 with people that compliment our product range, but most importantly, compliment the offering that our customers give to their own clients.

Throughout 2019, Smart Print will be co-hosting a number of regional open-days at manufacturer showrooms and customer premises.

Showrooms, to let YOU know what the kit can do.

Customer premises to let YOUR clients know what you can do.

Of course, we can’t do this alone, because there are gaps in our knowledge!

We are very pleased to announce that our web2print partner Vpress will be with us every step of the way and will showcase how/why their own clients have been so successful.


Antalis will be sharing new substrates, new applications and new revenues.


Ashgate Automation will ‘finish’ the jobs in style!

Look out for the dates of these events, the first two being 12th February at the Ricoh Factory in Telford and 27th February, with our customer Shipley Creative in Leigh.

If you think your business might benefit from visiting, then get in touch.

If you are a customer of Vpress or Smart Print and you would like to host your own open day, get in touch. or call 01707 888500

Collaboration… hmm…. Now there’s an idea!

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pimp yotta

Some people like to customise their equipment.

We are happy to oblige!

Whilst this changes what the device looks like on your floor, it doesn’t change the capability, because we think it is pretty great, as it is.

Having been asked by a customer if it was possible to change the appearance of the Yotta Printers, I of course obliged with the Pimp My Flatbed Range.

The Yotta YD-F2513R5 is a competitive digital UV printer using original Panasonic servo system.

Adopting a new 3-8 pcs grey level Ricoh Gen5 internal heating industrial micro Piezo print head, ensures smooth ink jetting when printing.

This device has 7 colour options with 7-35pl variable droplet printing capability, making precise and intensive UV printing.

It can print any flat materials with thickness up to 100mm. (We do have one device in our range that goes up to 400mm!!)

Advance Features

  1. Ricoh Gen5 print head
  2. Drawer type ink barrel unit
  3. Automatic thickness measuring
  4. Automatic anti-collision function
  5. Ink thermostat system
  6. Negative pressure system
  7. Multi-colour printing
  8. UV LED curing system

Want to know more about these features and what they could bring to your business?

Get in touch by calling 01707 888500 or email



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