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Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions April 2011April 2011
Miniature Folder Boosts Onsert Capacity
BROOKLYN PARK, MN—Competitive Folding has purchased a Vijuk–G&K V-14 commercial/miniature folder from Vijuk Equipment to help meet the demand of its small-leaflet folding business. Adding a fifth Vijuk folder helped to boost the company's capability to produce folding onserts for its customers across the United States.
"Two hours after the Vijuk folder was delivered, I had the folder running and, within a week, we ran more than 3.5 million onserts on it for various customers," says owner Dale Carpentiers. "The speed is possible because of the continuous-load, bottom-feed feature, and there is no downtime for reloading. That that is why we can offer our customers a good price."
Printer Adds Prepress/Press Enhancements
EDINBURG, TX—Gateway Printing & Office Supply has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 platesetter with Prinect Prepress Manager workflow and Prinect Prepress Interface to ensure the direct transfer of print-relevant parameters from the prepress to the press setting stage with minimal waste. The company also installed a second Printmaster QM 46-2 press concurrently with the new CTP system, which images Saphira Chemfree plates.
Fast and reliable service is the primary reason why Gateway turns to Heidelberg for its equipment and software needs, according to Sonia Garcia, vice president of printing. "One technician even answered the phone while he was on vacation."
ODESSA—ALLPRO Direct Marketing is the first commercial printer in Florida to acquire a Xerox iGen4 EXP digital press featuring larger sheet capacity to help it produce direct mail marketing campaigns, personalized invitations, postcards and other 1:1 marketing solutions.
NORCROSS—Olympic Printing, a commercial printer specializing in short-to-medium runs, has installed a new Heidelberg Suprasetter manual top-loading A75 CTP device. The shop also replaced older Heidelberg MO and GTO presses with a remanufactured five-color, 29˝ Speedmaster CD 74 press with coater. The press installation was managed by ServiceAccess, the service arm of the AccessGroup.
NORCROSS—A newXerox iGen4 EXP digital press has helped software solutions provider basiQa produce multi-channel marketing campaigns at a lower cost, and will also allow it to serve new markets.
FORT WAYNE—Excell Color Graphics has added a Xerox Color 800 Press for producing short runs, as well as a Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed wide-format press to produce posters and signage.
INDIANAPOLIS—HardingPoorman Group has partnered with Spectrum Health Systems to implement a wellness program that offers the printer's employees access to onsite health screenings, health coaching sessions with a registered nurse, and an onsite health kiosk for measuring blood pressure, pulse and weight. Employees who achieve their annual goals will also receive a $400 bonus.
WICHITA—Rand Graphics, a point-of-purchase printing specialist, has purchased a five-color, 81˝ KBA Rapida 205 sheetfed press with coater. The new press will be delivered to Rand's facility in June, and will replace an older five-color, 78˝ Harris UV press.
DANVERS—To commemorate its 60th anniversary, Shawmut Printing has launched a new Website, and will also be giving away four iPads throughout the year to those who register for the contest online.
LIVONIA—EPI Marketing Services has installed an HP Indigo 7500 digital press at its facility here. EPI is reportedly the only printer in Michigan with both iGen4 and Indigo presses.
MINNETONKA—SCICOM Data Services, a data processing, print, mail and electronic document output services provider, has installed a Xerox iGen4 220 perfecting press (which consists of two iGen4 110 presses running in tandem). SCICOM is said to be the first service bureau to install the press.
ST. LOUIS PARK—A new Xerox iGen4 EXP digital press has enabled Bryant Graphics to produce six-page brochures in-house, and offer quicker turnarounds for its customers.
BELLMAWR—The Trend Midweek, a more than a 600,000 circulation, weekly publication owned by Broad Street Media, is now being produced by Evergreen Printing. The magazine is a redesign of My Community Trend, changing from a tabloid to a magazine format and moving distribution from newspaper carriers to direct mail.
PARSIPPANY—Two Xerox iGen4 EXP presses at EarthDigital (a division of EarthColor) now handle the demand for direct mail pieces that include diecutting and oversized pages. The enhanced finishing options and larger sheet size of the presses add significant capabilities to the five iGen4 presses already running in its shop.
NEW YORK—Duggal Visual Solutions will be the first U.S. commercial printer to install a Durst Rhotex 320 industrial digital printer, which is designed for "soft signage" such as flags, banners, billboards, wall covering, point-of-purchase displays and trade show exhibits.
KING—A new Fujifilm Inca Onset S20 UV flatbed wide-format press has allowed King International to respond faster to customer demands for point-of-purchase display graphics. The Inca Onset is one of two flatbed printers at the plant.
DAYTON—WorkflowOne has implemented Kodak Unified Workflow Solutions, a workflow and Web-based collaborative client software that offers an infrastructure to manage both conventional and digital printing production.
FREEPORT—Freeport Press is offering Kodak's Matchprint Virtual technology at no charge to its publication customers. The hardware/software package provides publishers with color-accurate, remote soft proofing via a customer's InSite portal. Clients only need to purchase an approved monitor and the calibration device.
OKLAHOMA CITY—Globe Life and Accident Insurance's printing arm, Globe Marketing Services, has installed a four-up Screen PlateRite 4300 offset platesetter and a PlateRite FX870II flexo CTP system.
AUSTIN—Business Ink has added a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital color press. The new system is reported to be the first such installation in an existing Océ account in the Western United States.
HOUSTON—In an effort to increase its retail insert and grocery circular printing output, Southeast Media has purchased a four-unit Harris NC400 web press.
IRVING—Vertis Communications has added a Kodak Flexcel NX flexographic CTP system at its facility here.
OGDEN—Neutek Print has purchased a six-color, 40˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster CD102 SE sheetfed press to increase its offset and packaging production capacity. The new press complements the shop's flexographic, wide-format and digital printing capabilities.
LA CROSSE—Installing a second Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105-8+L press with CutStar in-line sheeting unit and aqueous coater has allowed Inland Label and Marketing Services to handle a growing volume of package decoration projects as the company continues to navigate a shift in demand from paper to lightweight film labels.
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