Colour Engine Clients

Colour Engine represent market leading technologies for the graphic arts industry in the UK and Ireland. Advertising agencies, publishers, prepress houses and all kinds of printers immediately benefit from better colour in files and on press, faster production and lower costs.

Client support at the enquiry, developement and installation is crucial to the success of any project and our client testimonials atest to our commitment and responsive service.

Thursday, 02 August 2018

Printweek, Me and My Alwan

Alwan CMYK Optimizer Hine Labels Labels TruePress Xeikon

Printweek, Me and My Alwan

“Consistency was lacking from device to device, process to process, month to month, year to year,” says managing director Bill Hine. “We weren’t the only ones, other label printers were telling us that they also had issues with consistency with presses and front-ends similar to the ones we had.”
The biggest problem was that the two digital presses were from different suppliers and used different print processes, he says. “Everyone bundles colour management for their own machines and so off you go with it and it really works, but only for that machine. If you want to match one make of engine to another make, you don’t get a lot of help from the suppliers. So we went to an independent colour management supplier.”
Dantex Graphics, which supplied the Screen inkjet to Hine, recommended Colour Engine, a specialist technical consultancy and colour management integrator. Directors Mark Anderton and Malcolm McKenzie assessed Hine’s needs and recommended the Alwan Color Suite of software. The main elements used are ColorHub, the main colour server that transforms PDFs, and PrintVerifier, which checks that the printed output conforms to the desired standard.
Hine Labels is a trade-only label producer, offering flexo, digital and hot- and cold-foiling services. It has five flexo presses for conventional label work, encompassing a mix of Nilpeter and MPS presses of different specs and ink types, both water-based and UV.
Its Xeikon 3300 was originally a 3030 model installed in 2009, then field-upgraded to 3300 standard in 2014, which doubled its speed to 19.2m/min. Hine says the results remain good, but maintaining consistency has been tricky – temperature and humidity can alter print characteristics, but so can the different replacement cycles of the various consumables that age at different rates – developer, drums, corona wires and so on.
He says the Screen inkjet press is more consistent over time and is particularly impressed with the wide-gamut UV inks, but it was necessary to be able to match results with the Xeikon and with the flexo presses for short-run repeat orders, as well as to ensure consistency on different label stocks.
The first Screen inkjet has proved so successful that a second one is on order for installation in March. This will be a Truepress Jet L350 UV+ LM model with food-safe low-migration inks, nitrogen purge and five colours.

Thursday, 07 September 2017

DG3 and Enfocus

Enfocus Switch

DG3 and Enfocus

Print and communications specialist, DG3 has been using Enfocus software for many years, so when faced with the challenge of implementing client specific workflows without increasing costs, DG3 was happy to turn to UK Enfocus reseller, Colour Engine for help. 

DG3’s Prepress Manager, Dax Britton, shares his thoughts and experience of integrating Enfocus Switch across the business:

“We were happy with PitStop Server and PitStop Pro but we had a hot-folder based workflow and needed more front-end capacity to take on new customers. When Colour Engine offered us a fully-supported 30-day trial of Enfocus Switch, we jumped at the chance!

 

Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Hine Labels match their colours

Alwan CMYK Optimizer Flexo Labels Xeikon

Hine Labels match their colours

Hine Labels is a producer of very high quality selfadhesive and hot foil labels. The Rotherham company delivers a fast speed of service for trade only customers. Hine Labels, a 42 staff operation has significant firepower with a battery of five flexo presses alongside both Xeikon and Screen Trupress digital presses.
When Hine Labels was looking for better colour consistency between its Xeikon dry toner and Screen Trupress UV digital ink devices it turned to technical colour specialists Colour Engine for help.
Bill Hine, director at Hine Labels, explained: ‘When we started we had quite a few issues with colour. Consistency was lacking from device to device, process to process, month to month, year to year. We weren’t the only ones; other label printers were telling us that they also had issues with consistency of colour with pressesand with front with consistency of colour with presses and with front ends similar to the ones we had.'

 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Client quotes

Testimonials

We asked some of our clients what they thought of Colour Engine and our service.

The overarching reasons that we have bought from Colour Engine in the past is that you were able to offer trustworthy expert advice yet still remain extremely competitive on price.

Paul Shorey, The Telegraph

     Why will you buy from us in the future? or not ..

 

Great support and in-depth knowledge of the products you sell.

Ben Baker, TAG

 

Yes. The support provided before, during and after each sale was second to none and very much appreciated.

Paul Shorey, The Telegraph

 

I would have no hesitation in buying from you in the future.

Alan O'Reilly, Typeform

 

 

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Havas Worldwide London (was Euro RSCG)

Alwan

Havas Worldwide London (was Euro RSCG)

"Colour Engine have some of the best tools available and a support service to match. Their input revolutionised the way we work."

“The beauty of this scenario is that the user only needs to input the file into TWIST and the automation does the rest. From input of file all prepress processes are performed right up to final delivery. 
Integrating TWIST with Alwan Color Hub has sped up the overall workflow, offsetting intensive colour management tasks and letting TWIST do everything else it needs to do.”

Rowan Ferraz Head of Pre-press. Production IT and DAM : Havas Worldwide

Monday, 01 October 2012

John Brown Media

Alwan

John Brown Media

“I have hardly needed to call on Colour Engine for support but when I have done they have been really helpful, are obviously very knowledgeable and sort out any issues fast.”

Paul Warrick Creative Service Manager : John Brown Media

In Paul Warrick's job, no news is good news. As creative services manager at John Brown Media company, a good day at the office for him is one where the colour profiles that he has built for, say, the latest John Lewis magazine, have been up to scratch, so no one gets back in touch after the press pass run.

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An even better day is one where Warrick forgets what a fiendishly complex process building colour profiles for different substrates and processes actually is, as his Alwan CMYK Optimizer software is busily working away behind the scenes to get it done for him.

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