Printing Equipment – Digital & Conventional

Digital Equipment

Digital printing opens up new possibilities for cost and time efficiency in printing. Short run projects are now feasible. Fast turnaround is achievable and quality is no longer an issue. SPIRE Express has been working in the digital print space since its inception in 1994. Having helped to evangelize the market, we are experts in all aspects of digital printing.


The Minolta is best suited for short-run work. We typically recommend it for comps, initial proofs and some small signage needs. For any print runs longer than approximately 250 pages, or print runs requiring high-quality, we recommend the Indigo.

Typical Projects: Comps, presentations, proposals

  • Accepts paper sizes up to 13” x 19.2” and weights up to 350 gsm, with envelope printing at rated speed
  • Productive banner printing with new banner tray that holds 1000 banner sheets of up to 29.5”
  • High-speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals
  • 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images
  • Enhanced Simitri® HDE toner for superior halftone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plant-based material to reduce environmental impact
  • SEAD V Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability
  • Versatile inline finishing options to suit any production need
  • Konica Minolta participates in EPEAT, a ratings standard for measuring electronics products’ environmental impact.



  • Printing speed: 4,000 4-color 8.5” x 11” images per hour (two-up); 8,000 2-color or single-color 8.5” x 11” images per hour (two-up); 16,000 full monochrome (1/0)
  • Image quality: 812 x 812 dpi; 812 x 1,624 dpi when printing in High Definition Imaging (HDI) mode
  • Line screens: 144, 160, 175, 180, 230 lpi
  • Image size: 12.1” x 17.7” max.
  • Paper format: 12.6” x 18.5” max.
  • Paper weight: 55 (A1) lb. text – 130 lb. cover coated; 45 lb. text – 110 lb. cover uncoated
  • HP Indigo inks:
  • Standard 4-color printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black
  • HP IndiChrome 6-color printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Orange and Violet
  • Pantone colors: PANTONE-licensed HP IndiChrome on-press 6-color printing, using CMYK, as well as orange and violet. PANTONE-licensed HP IndiChrome off-press ink mixing system, for spot color creation, using CMYK, as well as orange, violet, red, green, blue, bright yellow and transparent HP Professional PANTONE Emulation Technology (PANTONE-licensed CMYK values for 4-color PANTONE simulation)

Conventional Equipment

Commercial Sheetfed Offset Printing

SPIRE Express offers traditional sheetfed offset printing on two-color – six-color presses with offline finishing. Commercial Offset is suitable for high quality, longer print runs that might require saddle stitching and perfect binding. It is also a great solution for litho art reproductions. Our experienced staff ensures that your print projects are successful every time.

Typical Projects: Any commercial print project

  • Type of Press: Sheetfed Offset
  • Max Size: 29″ and 40″
  • Stock: Up to 120# cover
  • Colors: Six-color, with aqueous and varnish coating
  • Ink: Traditional and metallic inks
  • Prepress: Direct-to-plate workflow

Heatset Web Offset Printing

SPIRE Express offers Heat Set Web Offset printing specifically designed for long run, full size catalog and 2-up digest books. Half-webs with in-line combination folders, and gluing stations are capable of delivering a finished product without ever going to the bindery. Full size single and double web press from 26 – 54 roll widths can create catalog signatures from 4 pages to 48 pages in a single pass ready for the bindery.

Typical Projects: Medium to long run commercial printing

  • Max Size: 26 – 54 single and double heat set webs
  • Stock: Up to 70# text weights through combination folders
  • Colors: 8 color including UV coating
  • Ink: Traditional and metallic inks
  • Prepress: Direct-to-plate workflow