ACROSS the nationMarch 2011
Platesetter Enables Shift to an All-Digital Workflow
ANTIGO, WI—Clermont Printing & Office Supplies, a second-generation, family-run commercial printer, has installed a Heidelberg Prosetter P52 violet platesetter with MetaDimension RIP and Prinect PDF Toolbox. The additions have allowed the company to move from a film-based to a digital workflow by imaging Heidelberg Saphira violet plates.
"We're still running at 175-line screen," says company owner Steve Servi. "But our images look much cleaner and our screens are finer and reproduce better now."
UV Inkjet Printer Stretches Its Wide-Format Capabilities
MILWAUKEE—The versatility to accommodate roll-to-roll and rigid materials at least 2˝ thick and at least 80˝ wide were all the deciding factors that the Olympus Group used in selecting a Screen Truepress Jet2500UV inkjet printing system. The digital and screen printing shop specializes in wide- and grand-format graphics.
"We wanted a dependable UV inkjet printer that could generate quality superior to our existing machines and serve as a backup system when necessary to get the job done," says Andy Arkin, technical director. "We compared every device capable of printing six picoliter droplets...the Truepress Jet2500UV offered a wider range of capabilities to satisfy the various demands of our other products. For instance, it offers white ink as an affordable option, which we employ in every possible combination."
SANTA CLARA—Following on the heels of a facility expansion by approximately 40 percent, PrintPapa has added an HP Indigo 3550 digital press to add capacity to its existing digital lineup and to help support its new line of photo products. The company is reportedly the first printer in Northern California to install an Indigo 3550.
TAMPA—SonicPrint.com, a provider of commercial printing and direct mail, has expanded its operations by purchasing a warehouse here. In 2010, SonicPrint.com acquired the assets of a local sheetfed lithographic printing plant, and moved its headquarters from Saint Petersburg to Tampa. Since the move, the company has nearly doubled its full-time staff in the last 13 months.
INDIANAPOLIS—Upromise Investments (program manager for the state's CollegeChoice 529 savings plans) has signed contracts with two Indiana companies. SPG Graphics, a subsidiary of the Harding Poorman Group, will now print Upromise's marketing materials. And SGI of Indianapolis will provide the fulfillment services for Upromise. The new contract could create up to 30 new jobs.