Customer Success with Anicolor Inspires ‘Performance Challenge’ at GRAPH EXPOSeptember 13, 2012
Care and Feeding
While C&S utilizes the Speedmaster SM 52 primarily for shorter-run work, it also appreciates the Anicolor machine’s availability for longer run lengths. The SM 52’s outstanding productivity is such that C&S also acquired a pair of Heidelberg Prosetter CtP devices to ensure it can satisfy the SM 52’s appetite for Heidelberg Saphira violet aluminum plates.
“You have to keep it fed,” Barongi said, adding that he currently runs the SM 52 Anicolor “full out” for one 10-hour shift per day, four days per week, averaging 56 makereadies per week. “With makeready on the SM 52 Anicolor at 50 or less sheets, the savings already are huge. Most of the time, however, the Anicolor is producing good sheets after only 10-15 sheets.”
In return for proper care and feeding, the Anicolor press is capable of astonishing feats of speed and productivity, Barongi said, citing a recent order for 350 Mass cards to be delivered in time for a memorial service set for 2 p.m. the same day the order was received.
“The order came in at 9 a.m.,” Barongi recalled. “We had the job proofed and on press by 9:20 a.m. and were able to deliver the Mass cards by 11 a.m., three hours ahead of schedule.”
As for quality, the Anicolor press also uses “real ink” instead of toner, yielding printing with color fidelity equivalent to conventionally printed materials. “Ink is what does it,” Barongi said.
Cost Efficiency by Design
The Speedmaster 52 Anicolor press begins to pay for itself from the first job on by delivering stable inking with minimal setup. Designed to deliver consistent volumes of ink, the Anicolor inking unit achieves the even transfer of precise ink volumes using a format-sized screen roller located between the chambered blade and the inking form roller. The inking form roller, also format-sized, provides each element with the precisely metered volume of ink required for each revolution. Ink that is not used is fed back into the chambered blade. This prevents ink from building up in the inking unit, even with complicated forms involving extremely low or varying ink coverage.
Used in conjunction with Heidelberg’s proven Alcolor dampening system, users can achieve a consistent ink/water balance in seconds. This design feature is unique. Printers benefit from high process reliability and excellent inking quality in standardized print jobs. Thanks to the consistent inking it delivers, the Speedmaster 52 Anicolor is a lucrative choice for extremely cost-efficient longer runs, too.
Anicolor technology cuts costs dramatically. Whether a printer prints brochures or flyers, invitations or business cards, he stands to profit from minimum waste and reduced setup times. The Anicolor inking unit also ensures consistency in the production run, together with outstanding ease-of-use, all while using conventional printing plates.
Up to 40 percent shorter makeready times means a printer can print more jobs each day at lower cost and enjoy 25 percent greater press capacity for more jobs each year. The AutoPlate clamping system, blanket/impression cylinder wash-up device, and greatly abbreviated startup sequence combine to deliver extremely fast job changes. Short makeready times boost profits. It makes no difference whether the next job in line involves higher or lower ink consumption. Up to 90 percent less waste cuts paper costs significantly, an important factor in short-run printing. In relative terms, the shorter the run, the greater the startup costs.
These days, C&S is proud to serve as an “unofficial demo center” for the Anicolor press, proofing and plating jobs for other “show me” printers like Barongi himself.