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Commercial Printer Equipment Installations and Other News from Printing Impressions June 2011

June 2011
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New Perfector Press Speeds Job Changeovers

MIAMI—Original Impressions, a full-service marketing communications company, has installed a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 perfecting press with aqueous coater and high-pile delivery. The new press, which is deployed for short-run, quick-turn commercial work, is enabling the company to meet the demand for fast turnarounds, as well as eliminate the need for off-line coating and varnishing.

According to company Vice President Henry Herrera, the SM 52 press is ideal because it turns over quickly and efficiently—from straight to perfecting mode—while the fully automated perfecting device ensures smooth sheet travel and register accuracy.

Printer's Solar Panels Generate 'Green' Savings

WARMINSTER, PA—Astro-Dynamic Print and Graphic Services recently completed its solar panel installation. The solar array, consisting of more than 250 solar panels, will produce in excess of 75,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will replace 75 percent of the printer's electrical consumption—saving more than 52 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.

"I'm thrilled to be leading the way in our market for green print and communications," says Darrel Dundore, president of Astro-Dynamic, shown posing on the company's rooftop. "This is by far the best 'feel good' project I have been involved with. Most people don't realize that print is also a renewable resource. The U.S. paper and forest products industry plants 1.7 million trees each day."

CALIFORNIA

ANAHEIM—Adding an eight-color, 41˝ KBA Rapida 106 UV sheetfed press will allow Lithocraft Co. to compete in the high-end packaging market, as well as provide additional services for its commercial clients. The fully-loaded press—the first with this particular type of configuration and the company's first KBA press—replaces a six-color conventional sheetfed press.

EL DORADO HILLS—DST Output and its affiliate, DST Mailing Services, have introduced a new Returned Mail Processing service for clients. It provides overall management of the manual issues involved with undeliverable mail and takes advantage of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode technology.

CONNECTICUT

WINDSOR—Integrity Graphics has purchased an HP Indigo 7500 digital color press for its high-quality printing and broad media compatibility, which will help drive continued expansion of its custom MarketingHub program, www.eintegrity-usa.com.

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO—A new analytics-driven direct marketing firm, Precision Dialogue, has been formed with plans to expand its marketing platform by adding new companies over time. Precision Dialogue is the parent company to both Cleveland-based Metrics Marketing Group and Northwest Mailing Service, located here.

INDIANA

CRAWFORDSVILLE—RR Donnelley's Crawfordsville production facility has been recommended for certification to OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Status, reflecting excellence in occupational safety and health, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement.

LOUISIANA

LAKE CHARLES—A Ricoh Pro 907 digital production printer and a Ricoh Pro C720s color production system are the latest installations at Knight Media.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE—American Direct, a sister company to Tidewater Direct, has installed an eight-color Sanden 1500 web offset printing press to produce direct mail, primarily continuous forms, with variable repeat printing capability.

CHEVERLY—Craftsman Press, a direct mail printer, has chosen a complete EFI Monarch print management software suite, including Monarch's new mailing module.

MASSACHUSETTS

HUDSON—MSP Digital Marketing has installed a Xerox iGen4 EXP digital press at its TecDoc Digital Solutions company located here, and has also upgraded its existing Xerox iGen3 press with iGen4 imaging software. The new additions allow TecDoc to produce variable data pocket folders and personalized six-page newsletters, as well as larger-format projects, such as retail signage.

WOBURN—Hannaford & Dumas, a full-service offset, digital printing and mailing company, has acquired InteractivePrint.com, a Web-based printer specializing in the efficient production of formulaic print materials. InteractivePrint.com will relocate its personnel and equipment to Hannaford & Dumas' facility.

MICHIGAN

CHELSEA—An aggregated e-book retail site, called ShelfWise, has been launched by Sheridan Books. It offers authors and publishers a quick and easy method for converting, enriching and distributing e-content directly to their targeted audience.

PETOSKEY—Mitchell Graphics has completed Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certification.

MINNESOTA

CHANHASSEN—IWCO Direct, a national provider of direct marketing solutions, has chosen EFI Monarch as its company-wide print management system. The firm's three Minnesota facilities running Hagen will upgrade to Monarch, and the three other plants (two in Pennsylvania and one in California) will add Monarch.

NEW JERSEY

BELLMAWR—The New Jersey Law Journal and Connecticut Law Tribune have signed a multi-year contract with Evergreen Printing to print their weekly publications. Evergreen will also print and insert custom published supplements that expand the editorial content to subscribers.

CLIFTON—The purchase of a fourth Durst Rho 500R wide-format UV inkjet digital printer will allow Sandy Alexander to further expand its capacity for "soft" out-of-home media.

NEW YORK

MOUNT VERNON—Rose Press has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter A75 CTP device configured for use with Heidelberg Saphira processless plates.

NEW YORK—Duggal Visual Solutions, a supplier of printing, computer imaging, wide-format graphics and display services, has added a 126˝ HP Scitex LX800 latex ink printer and an HP Indigo 5500 digital press to its operations. They enable a range of new applications such as wallpaper, vehicle graphics, fashion "look books," cosmetic swatches and photo portfolios.

NIAGARA FALLS—In an effort to expand its envelope printing capabilities, Shipman Print Solutions has added three Halm Jet two-color perfecting presses to its envelope division.

ROCHESTER—Hammer Packaging recently acquired North America's first Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102 40˝ packaging press. It is configured as an eight-color, UV-capable model with CutStar roll sheeter, Prinect Press Center with Intellistart, integrated Wallscreen and Axis Control system.

OHIO

CLEVELAND—Phil Vedda & Sons Printing has added a five-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 press with aqueous coater and extended delivery to its all-Heidelberg pressroom lineup.

COLUMBUS—To address its customers demand for shorter runs and same-day turnaround, Nutis Press has purchased an Agfa :M-Press Tiger UV flatbed inkjet press.

TEXAS

DALLAS—The Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica named Padgett Printing the recipient of its "Best of Show" award at the association's recent Graphic Excellence printing awards gala.

WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE—First Edge Solutions has deployed four Océ VarioPrint Ultra systems along with Océ Prisma workflow software as part of its strategy for 25 percent growth in 2011.

NEW BERLIN—Looking for a high-quality digital press to complement its offset equipment has led Eagle Printing to acquire a Canon imagePRESS C6000VP digital press.

WAUNAKEE—As part of its $2.6 million capital improvement plan, Suttle-Straus Inc. recently installed a six-color Komori Lithrone S40 press with UV coating capabilities.

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