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November 2009
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Printer Adds First System With Speedwave in North America

SHERBURNE, NY—Mid-York Press, a folding carton manufacturer and commercial printer, recently purchased a Bobst Expertcut 106 PER Autoplaten diecutter and a Bobst Masterfold folder/gluer with Speedwave hook-free folding technology. Mid-York currently has four folder/gluers (including a Bobst Media 100/II A2 with a Handypack) and two Bobst SP 102-E II diecutters.

This marks the first Masterfold 110 A-2 with Speedwave auto-bottom technology to be installed in North America. Speedwave gives Mid-York Press the ability to fold and glue auto-bottom boxes at much higher speeds than conventional auto-bottom folder/gluer configurations. It also minimizes changeover times.

“One of our strategies is to constantly seek out new ways to reduce costs through innovation and increased efficiencies, without sacrificing quality,” says Robert Tenney, president and CEO of Mid-York Press. “The addition of these two new machines is a result of our desire to continually improve our processes and capabilities and control costs for our customers, all while maintaining or improving our quality goals.” 

New Facility Houses Array Of Equipment

BERKELEY, CA—When Greenerprinter opened a new facility in 2008, the company aimed to offer new products and broaden its opportunities in the short-run packaging market, including custom packaging. As a result, the company commenced installation of an all-new lineup of bindery and finishing equipment from Heidelberg, including an ST 350 saddlestitcher, TH 82 folder, Stahl USA 20 folder, Polar label and specialty diecutting machine (DCM), KAMA ProCut 74 platen diecutter with foiling and an ECO 80 folder/gluer.

“We are now free to explore new products and streamline our internal production and product development in line with our new capabilities,” notes President and CEO Mario Assadi.

With the ST 350, for example, “We can now offer the highest quality booklets at a reasonable price. We also were able to eliminate multiple weekly trips to a vendor across the bay, saving time, money and carbon emissions,” he says. The new Stahl USA B20 folder, Assadi adds, “is excellent for small brochures, mailers and four-pagers, and can be set up in minutes.”

Flooded Equipment Is Replaced Fully

TURTLE CREEK, PA—When a flash flood destroyed the equipment in Laurel Print and Graphics’ 6,000-square-foot shop, the printer took what was an emergency and turned it into an opportunity. 

During a period in which the company outsourced its work-in-process to other local firms, Laurel replaced its cutter, folder and two small-format presses with a lineup that includes a Polar 78 XS cutter, a Stahl USA B20 with right-angle attachment, a four-color Printmaster PM 52-4 and a two-color Printmaster QM 46 press.

“Our older, two-color Printmaster PM 52 press ran for four productive, problem-free years before the flood,” says Laurel President Keith Jones. “We look forward to more of the same.”

The shop provides business stationery, brochures, leaflets, forms, postcards and other commercially printed materials to its regional client base located in western Pennsylvania.

Quick Cuts

Muller Martini, Hauppauge, NY, is now the exclusive U.S. distributor of Transpack strapping machines.

Fisher Printing, Bridgeview, IL selected a Rima-System RS-36 stacker with indexing technology and a new Rima-System RS 820 rotary trimmer to produce finished products, in-line, at full press speeds.

• Lowell, MA-based DS Graphics has acquired a new Kolbus KM600 perfect binding line.

Resource Grand, Cincinnati, installed a four-needle Singer lockstitch machine fitted with a Racing puller to grow its banner business.

• Richmond, VA-based B&B Printing expanded its in-house finishing capabilities to include embossing and foil stamping by purchasing a Kluge EHD press.

Graphic Imagery, South San Francisco, CA, has invested in Fastbind Elite book production equipment, enabling it to produce hard- and soft-cover books, as well as a Rhinotuff wire binding system. The new equipment complement’s the printer’s HP Indigo 5500 digital press.



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