Anderson Litho--The Logic of InvestmentJune 1999
Why Innotech? Innotech in-line finishing systems employ gap-cutting sheeter technology with a combination of Innoformer folding stations, and gluer and perforator functions to produce a wide variety of multi-folded and fully trimmed products on press. Prefolders using Innoformer air-bar plows enable running various gatefolded products through the press folder.
Harris & Bruno technologies also play a major role in Anderson's sheetfed, UV coating operation, with Harris & Bruno's LithoCoat chambered doctor blade system, allowing Anderson to lay down precise UV, aqueous and metallic coatings with their Komori tower coaters. This system utilizes a single engraved metering anilox roll, along with the chambered doctor blade system, to deliver uniform and consistent coatings.
Why the push to invest?
Quite frankly, Tennant reports, the powerhouse printer's goal is to offer services to its customers that translate creative concepts into the text and graphics medium known as print.
"With new forms of communication technologies encroaching on advertising budgets, Anderson realized that only by pushing existing digital prepress and printing technologies and advanced finishing techniques—while continuously developing new ways to exploit the latest and greatest preprinting technologies—could we keep the art of print a dynamic communication," Tennant adds
The future. This is Anderson's motivating force behind each investment, whether the tool is a digital proofing device, a thermal platesetter, an advanced doctor blade system for high-quality coating or an on-press folding system.
Look for an in-depth report on Anderson's investment strategy for improving pressroom efficiency in an upcoming issue of Printing Impressions. zz
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Editor's Note: Scott Michels, product manager at Harris & Bruno, offers tips for effective coating. Harris & Bruno's LithoCoat Conversion for offset tower coaters is at work at Anderson Lithograph.
When quality spot coatings are desired, the chamber process is often used with superior results. Only the exact amount of coating required is delivered to the sheet, therefore, the spot image is very uniform with well-defined edges. This consistent coating thickness helps to improve gloss readings, while showing no signs of orange peel.
One of the biggest production realities printers struggle with is the ability to lay down dull coatings free of streaks and striations. People often blame this on their coatings, but it often has more to do with their process. Traditional roll-to-roll coaters have difficulty transferring the coating in a smooth and consistent manner, leaving marks or flaws in the end product. With the anilox and chambered doctor blade system, like the LithoCoat conversion, dull, gloss and other coatings can be applied with little effort and superior results.
For more Harris & Bruno tips on chambered doctor blade benefits, visit www.harris-bruno.com.