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ACROSS the nation

March 2008
Prepress Upgrades Enhance Workflow

DETROIT—First came the press, then came the upgrade to new prepress and platesetting technology. Crystal Clear Images runs a Heidelberg GTO press and wanted to update its workflow. Crystal and Anthony Mitchell, the husband and wife owners of the unionized shop, chose Heidelberg’s Prinect Printready prepress system and Suprasetter A52 platesetter.

“When people heard that we were installing Heidelberg (prepress equipment), the amount of business influx was incredible,” reports Crystal Mitchell, who began her career as a school teacher in graphic design, before starting her own business from the basement of her house in 1995.

The company, which has been operating out of its own building since 2000, produces banners, menus, business cards, UV-coated billboards and a variety of other business materials. It also prints various jobs for the city of Detroit and surrounding counties.

Stitcher Makes Shop More Competitive

OREM, UT—McNeil Printing, a full-service offset printer specializing in smaller print runs and bindery services to the graphic arts industry, recently installed a Vijuk-321-T saddlestitcher from Vijuk Equipment.

“We purchased the new stitcher because it had all the features of the very high-end machines, including a heavy-weight frame,” reports Alan McNeil, president. “It has already opened doors to new customers.”



CALIFORNIA

BERKELEY—Internet-enabled printing is now being offered at Krishna Digital, supported by its recent installation of a four-color, 20x28˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 1000LS press with aqueous coater.

REDDING—Record Searchlight, a Scripts newspaper, purchased two Kodak Trendsetter News 50 platesetters, a Prinergy Evo workflow system, PREPS imposition software and Staccato screening.

COLORADO

ENGLEWOOD—A major investment has been made by Unique Litho in a new six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 perfector with aqueous coater, a pair of two-color Printmaster QM 46 presses, a Suprasetter A74 platesetter and Prinect Printready prepress workflow with MetaDimension RIP, and a Stahlfolder TA 52 folder with knife-fold unit. A new Polar 92 X cutter is also scheduled for delivery.

FLORIDA

LAKEWORTH—A Kodak Trendsetter News 50 thermal platesetter, Prinergy Evo workflow system, PREPS imposition software and Staccato screening have been purchased by Lake Worth Herald Press.

MIAMI—Original Impressions recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with four of the original 12 employees on hand for the celebration. The firm, which now employs 160-plus, is consistently recognized by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the Top 500 Hispanic Companies in the United States.
 

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