Print Embellishment w/ Spot UV

Ethan V

Member
Family owned print shop looking into purchasing a raised spot UV machine. Looking into the Duplo 810 heavily. Does anyone have any experience with this machine, or any others that specialize in this sort of print embellishment? Trying to add onto the value added equation and further differentiate us from the competition.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback!!
 

jwheeler

Well-known member
Just to explore all options, you may also want to look at the JetVarnish 3D One by Konica Minolta as part of your decision making process. This unit is made in partnership with MGI who is one of the pioneers of print embellishment. Prior to this unit, they only had much bigger units that also had foiling inline. They scaled that tech down into a smaller unit to compete with the Duplo 810. However, it is faster (35ppm vs 21ppm, A3), it holds twice as much paper in the feeder, and it produces a thicker varnish (116 microns vs 80 on the Duplo).

I used to sell KM production gear and I wish they had this unit when I was still there. The bigger versions we offered often ruled us out as an option based on price and/or size of the machines.
 

Ethan V

Member
Just to explore all options, you may also want to look at the JetVarnish 3D One by Konica Minolta as part of your decision making process. This unit is made in partnership with MGI who is one of the pioneers of print embellishment. Prior to this unit, they only had much bigger units that also had foiling inline. They scaled that tech down into a smaller unit to compete with the Duplo 810. However, it is faster (35ppm vs 21ppm, A3), it holds twice as much paper in the feeder, and it produces a thicker varnish (116 microns vs 80 on the Duplo).

I used to sell KM production gear and I wish they had this unit when I was still there. The bigger versions we offered often ruled us out as an option based on price and/or size of the machines.
Thanks JWheeler!!
Interesting that my sales guy (a KM dealer and partnered up with another dealer) has yet to offer this model at all!! We like the Duplo model in that it provides a relatively cost-effective model to get us into the market. Do you know how the two models compare in price? I have heard great things about the 810, but I am doing my due diligence. We have a lot of boutique and wine shops around my area that I believe would eat this stuff up.
 

jwheeler

Well-known member
@Ethan V , not all KM dealers are authorized to sell the MGI product line. Their techs have to be certified in working on them since they are a different animal compared to digital copiers. You will probably have to reach out to KM direct. As for the pricing, the JV 3D One came out after I left KM, so I don't know the exact numbers. However, my understanding is it is comparable because they are trying to compete with the Duplo unit. The cost of monthly service and supplies is something else worth considering.
 

Shawnd

Well-known member
We have a lot of boutique and wine shops around my area that I believe would eat this stuff up.

I thought the same thing about 5th color when it first came out, boy was I wrong. I would make sure you have solid path to sales before taking the leap.
 

Ethan V

Member
I thought the same thing about 5th color when it first came out, boy was I wrong. I would make sure you have solid path to sales before taking the leap.
Ricoh 7200 with 5th color? We looked long and hard at that, decided that near line would get us better results... Not worked well for you?
 

jwheeler

Well-known member
I thought the same thing about 5th color when it first came out, boy was I wrong. I would make sure you have solid path to sales before taking the leap.
I definitely agree with this. You should already be outsourcing a consistent amount of this work or losing bids because you can't do it in house. Business won't just start pouring in because you have the ability.

If/When you do acquire the machine, here's a great way to market it and get the word out to existing accounts: Every order that comes in, have your staff make 2 or 3 extra prints with raised spot UV somewhere on the page. Put those in a box attached to a flyer that says "We can add this awesome effect for only 3¢ more per piece! Call ### to find out how!"

You'll also want to have a great sample book at your front counter to show customers examples and ideas. You can order a sample kit from GotPrint, ZooPrinting, or 4Over if you want something pre-made.
 

Shawnd

Well-known member
Ricoh 7200 with 5th color? We looked long and hard at that, decided that near line would get us better results... Not worked well for you?
Ricoh 7110, back in 2015. Had it all these years since and other than for in house work it has not sold well to our customer base, but know of others that sell it well, just depends on your market. It really is the same with any embellishment, you will need to explain it to customers and hope they want to pay the extra $$$ for it.
 

Ethan V

Member
I definitely agree with this. You should already be outsourcing a consistent amount of this work or losing bids because you can't do it in house. Business won't just start pouring in because you have the ability.

If/When you do acquire the machine, here's a great way to market it and get the word out to existing accounts: Every order that comes in, have your staff make 2 or 3 extra prints with raised spot UV somewhere on the
Ricoh 7110, back in 2015. Had it all these years since and other than for in house work it has not sold well to our customer base, but know of others that sell it well, just depends on your market. It really is the same with any embellishment, you will need to explain it to customers and hope they want to pay the extra $$$ for it.
Ahh... I see. Yes, I would imagine it would fit our customer base extremely well, and we do a fair amount of outsource embellishment. I love @jwheeler's comments regarding the sample kit and providing an extra sheet so the customer's have to choose to say no to the embellishment, not the other way around ha. The texture and feel is very impressive. What really blows me away is the software, ease of use, and the synergy with our print controller. Super automated and easy to understand, realistic to test/create the samples at a reasonable material/labor cost. All about providing value and finding ways to differentiate yourself from the competition. Heck, anyone in town can print a CMYK file!
 

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