Large-format Printing — Size DOES Matter!
Ed Engle, president of Ambassador Press (right), and his uncle, Barry Engle, pose with their 64˝ press.
Branch Smith Printing executives (from the left) Mike Branch, co-owner; Daniel Hanson, general manager; and David Branch, president/CEO, stand with their new 51˝ KBA Rapida 130 perfector.
Strine Printing has four MAN Roland large-format presses, including this 64˝ model.
Large Format, Big Plus
But, before Branch Smith could install the press, the company had to make room for it.
In order to fit the mega press on the first floor of its three-story facility, Branch Smith dug out 400 square yards of dirt and concrete (1.5 feet deep) to provide the required 13-foot clearance.
The press has been paying for itself from Day 1 through increased ROI, productivity and profitability.
Other printers are striking it big with their large-format presses, as well. And, like Branch Smith, they, too, are going to extremes to implement what they believe is a golden opportunity.
Richmond, VA-based Carter Printing was so thrilled about its six-color, 56˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 6000LS sheetfed press with aqueous coater installed in 2004 that, in order to show it off, the company held an open house with events lasting over two weekends. To celebrate the acquisition and expansion, Wayne Carter, president, invited about 275 clients and guests to attend the open house and tour Carter’s 55,000-square-foot facility.
Print buyers got a firsthand look at the press, as well as a large-format MBO Perfection series folder and Heidelberg Polar cutting system installed to complement the expanded production capabilities. According to Carter, his guests were impressed to see a 56˝ sheetfed press printing quality products, while running at high speeds of 14,000 sph.
Carter already owned a Mitsubishi press, albeit not a large-format model, and he says he’s a loyal customer of the manufacturer. However, the owner of the 130-employee firm still took the necessary due diligence to do his own homework on various alternatives. “Typically, we run 70-lb. to 100-lb. text and lightweight board up to 12-pt. thickness. The dot structure on paper had to be sharp and precise. We visited a number of plants in several cities, and it became clear that the Mitsubishi was going to do a better job for us.”