ACROSS the nationOctober 2011
Shop Expands Into Half-Size Format Market
WICHITA, KS—Docuplex Graphics has installed a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 press at its facility located here. The new press has enabled the 30-employee company to perform a variety of the larger-sized format work that it had previously outsourced—adding faster turnarounds and a measure of quality control to its capabilities.
"In addition to the ability to accept larger-format jobs, we've also gained speed, productivity and flexibility with respect to the paper stocks we can run," says company president Jay Ewy. He adds that Docuplex's pressroom upgrade dovetails nicely with its June acquisition of Wichita-based PrintMaster, which also brought some half-size equipment to the combined company.
New Miniature Folder Delivers Big ROI
GURNEE, IL—Haapanen Brothers, a complete graphics and commercial printing resource, recently purchased a Vijuk–G&K V-14 commercial/miniature folder. According to Haapanen Brothers owner Jerry Haapanen, his firm now has the capability of folding small inserts for its pharmaceutical customers much faster than it could before.
"Providing services that match our customers' expectations is a top priority, and this insert folder does just that. In two weeks time, we've folded more than a half-million pieces. The Vijuk–G&K V-14 meets our own company objectives of competitive pricing, quality workmanship and timely deliveries," he says.
Digital Press Boosts Printer's Capacity
BALTIMORE—J.W. Boarman Co., a full-service printer located in the Baltimore Empowerment Zone, has purchased a Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 color digital press from The Phillips Group, a Konica Minolta dealer.
"As our business evolved, it became necessary to look into a digital color press to complement our two- and four-color offset printing," explains J.W. Boarman owner Edmund Eck. "The color quality of the C8000 is impressive, and the speed (80 ppm) enables us to deliver a finished product to our clients in a fraction of the time that it took before."
The printer can now proof, print and ship a job in just one day. The C8000 is powered by a CREO color server, which acts as the print controller integrating into the company's Prinergy digital workflow. J.W. Boarman is reportedly the first Baltimore printer to have this type of configuration.
PHOENIX—Kodak's Unified Workflow Solutions have helped Prisma Graphic to launch two Web-based storefronts, streamline its workflow and provide a more color-accurate prepress process.
FOOTHILL RANCH—Since becoming Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certified, Image Options has reported an improvement in its sourcing, process controls, waste management and recycling take-back programs.
LOS ANGELES—The addition of a new HP Scitex FB7500 printer will enable CR&A Custom to compete with screen printers for high-volume, rigid signage applications.
DAYTONA BEACH—DME, a pioneer in digitally printed direct mail, is using a newly installed HP Indigo 7500 digital press to expand its new "Customer Rave" customized/personalized gifts service.
DEERFIELD BEACH—Wilen Direct, an operating affiliate of the Wilen Group, has deployed a new Pitney Bowes Print+ Messenger color inkjet system to create individually customized, four-color envelopes for the company's clients to use in their marketing and customer communications campaigns.
MIAMI—Original Impressions is the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Customer Service Award from the SUBWAY restaurant chain and Independent Purchasing Cooperative (IPC). The award was presented during the annual SUBWAY 2011 Vendor Convention in San Francisco.
IDAHO FALLS—United Mailing Direct has purchased new estimating and workflow applications from Estimator Corp.
AURORA—In an effort to provide comprehensive marketing solutions, Kelmscott Communications has installed a new Screen Truepress Jet2500UV grand-format inkjet printer at its facility here.
HURLOCK—Cenveo Inc. has upgraded its short-run publishing and customized collateral capabilities with the addition of an HP Indigo W7200 digital press. Cenveo also purchased an HP SmartStream Production Pro print server, and has installed an in-line cutting and finishing solution from Hunkeler to further streamline its journal production operations.
GREAT FALLS—Since installing a four-color Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52 press with Anicolor inking, Printing Center USA can now print up to 90 percent of its short-run brochures and booklets, which were previously run on the online print provider's existing Heidelberg MO half-size press.
CLEVELAND—Great Lakes Integrated (GLI) has chosen to upgrade its EFI Monarch MIS with the implementation of key new modules—Monarch Planner, PrintFlow dynamic scheduling, Auto-Count direct machine interface and the Pre-Press module for integration with Kodak Prinergy.
GREENVILLE—As part of a $2.25 million investment to expand its print media solutions manufacturing operation here, emediagroup Inc. is consolidating its two facilities into an existing building, and adding new equipment to its operations. The overall expansion is expected to generate 20 new jobs during the next five years.
LEWISBURG—Lewisburg Printing has installed a six-color, 56˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 6000LX sheetfed press featuring an Air Motion Systems P3 UV curing system.
HOUSTON—Since replacing two presses with a new six-color Komori Lithrone S40 with coater, Page/International Communications, a division of Nationwide Graphics, has significantly increased its run speeds.
DELAVAN—A new Xerox Color 800 Press with Clear Dry Ink has allowed Central Printing & Media Solutions to expand into more complex personalized direct mail and a larger variety of creative marketing projects. PI