Across the NationOctober 2012
KBA 81˝, Six-Color Sheetfed UV Press Claimed to Be the World's Largest Installation
SANTA ANA, CA—Large-format trade printer Foster Printing will be adding a new six-color, 81˝ KBA Rapida 205 large-format UV press later this month at its 46,000-square-foot facility based here. The new press, said to be the largest in the world, joins Foster's two existing 64˝ KBA large-format presses—a five-color conventional and a six-color UV. All of the presses will communicate to KBA's Logotronic management system.
"We constantly had customers asking if we could print anything larger than our 64˝ capabilities," explains Kris Blackburn, vice president of sales.
"We plan to capitalize on the ability to print multiple forms for customers—some that may fit our 64˝ KBA presses and others that fit our 81˝ press.This will enable one project with many different forms to be printed under one roof."
New 40˝ Digital Press Addresses Short-Run, Multi-Substrate Needs
OLATHE, KS—Since installing its MGI Meteor DP8700 XL digital press, A.C. Printing is producing 40˝ fold-out brochures, full-color variable data printing and an assortment of applications printed on plastics. The firm is also moving into new markets such as retail signage, as well as niche markets like static clings, loyalty cards, vinyl labels and envelopes.
"We loved that it could print on sheets up to 13x40˝ long, and the huge range of substrates opens up a whole new range of applications for us," says Greg Russell, owner.
ODESSA—With the recent addition of XMPie uStore, ALLPRO Direct Marketing can now help businesses streamline their personalized printing and e-mail processes, all from a centralized portal.
SARASOTA—DKS - Digital Kopy Services, a digital wholesale to the trade printer, has installed a new Konica Minolta bizhub PRO 1051 printer and a 900DP digital envelope press from OKI Data Americas.
ALPHARETTA—New London Press has received an investment from Agilis Equity Partners and Valesco Industries. Operating under the new name New London Communications, the funding will allow the company to expand its sales force and marketing initiatives, as well as enhance its service offerings in targeted markets.
RATHDRUM—A new Screen Truepress Jet2500UV board and roll inkjet printing system has helped Print mfg transition from a retail large-format service bureau to a wholesale-only manufacturer of products for photo sharing and fine art print retailers.
FORT WAYNE—Since acquiring a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 six-color press, along with Prinect Prepress Manager prepress workflow, Excell Color Graphics has been able to drive down its labor and material costs.
UPPER MARLBORO—Linemark Printing has implemented Heidelberg's Prinect Performance Benchmarking to compare the performance of its four-year-old Speedmaster XL 105 press to that of similar presses operated by other firms in its peer group.
LAS VEGAS—Creel Printing has extended its G7 designation by achieving Master Printer certification across prepress, sheetfedand heatset web operations. It is among a small group of G7-certified printers in the Southwest, and is reportedly the only company in Nevada to hold all three merits.
CARLSTADT—UNIMAC Graphics has been awarded ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Management System Certification for Information Technology.
Mahwah—To better serve the Web-to-print and photo specialty markets, GlobalSoft Digital Solutions has installed two new HP Indigo 7600 digital presses. They join the company's existing two HP Indigo 7500s, two HP Indigo 5000s and seven HP wide-format printers.
PATERSON—Several new equipment and software purchases have been made at Direct Market Designs. They include a 52˝ Bobst diecutter, associated folder/gluers and new XMPie EasyPurl V7 software.
HEMPSTEAD—Sentinel Printing has installed a 275w solar system on its roof.
ASHLAND—Bookmasters Inc. has entered into an agreement with British publisher Knox Robinson Publishing to distribute its historical novels.
CANONSBURG—Two new HP Indigo digital presses (a 7500 and 5500) have been installed at Heeter Direct. The company also plans to purchase a 29˝ HP Indigo 10000 digital press in 2013 to take advantage of new opportunities, such as POP collateral and packaging applications.
KING OF PRUSSIA—In an effort to broaden its portfolio with personalized cross-media and Web-to-print services, Conlin's Digital Print and Copy Center has upgraded from a uDirect desktop solution to PersonalEffect Cross Media with uStore from XMPie.
LEWISBURG—Lewisburg Printing has acquired a second Mitsubishi sheetfed press, a seven-color Diamond V3000LX equipped with Grafix UV curing system. It replaces two aging Mitsubishi presses.
NASHVILLE—Ingram Content Group's print-on-demand unit, Lightning Source, has launched its new standard color book inkjet option here. Lightning Source also plans to expand color inkjet capability to its Pennsylvania location by the end of 2012. International expansion is expected to follow in early 2013.
DALLAS—A new EFI VUTEk GS5000r five-meter, roll-to-roll UV printer has been acquired by Gigantic Color to produce billboards and banners. This installation also marks the 500th installation of the EFI GS series of VUTEk printers.
RICHMOND—A new four-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 "Peak Performance" press with Prinect Axis Control is now operating at Think Printing. Think also upgraded its Prinect prepress workflow. PI