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May 2010
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Offset Shop Embraces the Digital Age

ATLANTA—Colour 101, an FSC-certified commercial printing company established in 1997, recently added digital printing capabilities to supplement its Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 for shorter runs and to allow variable data capabilities. The woman-owned company acquired an MGI Meteor DP60 Pro digital press, which can print on a variety of paper and synthetic substrates, including envelopes, and on sheets up to 13x47˝.

"With the Meteor DP60 Pro, we can now offer our clients a broader range of print solutions without compromising the quality standards our clients have come to expect from us," says Nancy Lepera, owner.

The printer purchased the press from Paper Handling Solutions, the Southeastern distributor for MGI USA.

Printer Replaces Aging Press

BAY CITY, MI—F.P. Horak, a $30 million full-service print provider, recently purchased a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 with aqueous coater and extended delivery to replace an older five-color press. Since its installation, the company has experienced greater crossover between its offset and digital capabilities, allowing its sheetfed division to pick up a greater range of short-run jobs.

According to F.P. Horak President Tim Dust, the Speedmaster XL 75's 18,000 sph running speed and faster makereadies "permit us to pound out the work more quickly. As a result, we have reduced pricing in some product categories and improved delivery in all categories."

CORNING—Family owned heatset web commercial printer and magazine publisher Corning & J.V. Rockwell Publishing has qualified as a G7 certified Master Printer.


DECATUR—Bestprint and Design has transitioned to a PDF-based, computer-to-plate workflow with a four-up Prosetter P74 violet platesetter with MetaDimension RIP and PDF Toolbox from Heidelberg.


HUNTLEY—Trend Graphics has installed a five-color, 20x29˝ Sakurai press with coater, its second Sakurai press purchased in less than two years.

PALATINE—Harper College's Graphic Arts and Technology Department recently purchased a four-color Heidelberg Speedmaster 52.


HEBRON—The Consumer Packaging Div. at Zumbiel Packaging has experienced growth, necessitating more production space and greater capacity. In response, the printer added a six-color, 56˝ manroland R900 UV press with an aqueous anilox coater within its 180,000-square-foot addition here. The press features the Telepresence remote diagnostics module, OK Balance, ColorPilot and printnet.


BALTIMORE—A partnership struck between Victor Graphics and Absolute Service Inc. (ASI) has extended the electronic content services available to Victor's publishing customers. ASI provides XML formatting, electronic versioning and re-purposing of books, in addition to XML and HTML authoring.


JESSUP—GraphTec, a commercial printing company based here, received the Grand Q best-of-show award in the 2010 Excellence in Print Competition sponsored by the Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic.

WESTFIELD—Dion Label has bolstered its label printing and package converting capacity with a new HP Indigo WS6000 color digital press.


TROY—Utley Brothers recently celebrated its 65th anniversary at a private event that included speeches by its current president, Duane Harrison, and vice president John Utley.


MINNEAPOLIS—Imagine! Print Solutions has added its second six-color HP Scitex FB 7500 wide-format digital printer.


BELLMAWR—Evergreen Printing placed seventh on a list of the best places to work (firms with up to 150 employees) in the Philadelphia-South Jersey region, according to a report compiled by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

CARLSTADT—Newly formed Content Critical LLC, a document outsourcing, direct marketing and commercial printer, acquired assets of two New York-area companies: Global Document Solutions and Astoria Graphics. Senior managers include Fred Van Alstyne, president and CEO; John Slaney, COO; and Alan Darling, senior VP of sales and marketing.

ROBBINSVILLE—Adding a seven-color HP Indigo 5500 digital sheetfed press with opaque white ink capabilities has given Princeton allpoints Communications the distinction of being the first such press installation in the United States. The 5500 press is designed to produce marketing collateral, direct mail, photo specialty products, as well as books and manuals.


BROOKLYN—Advanced Digital Printing expects to reduce cycle times with its new Presstek 52DI-AC digital offset press with an integrated aqueous coater. The press, which replaced one of its two existing 52DI models, is being used primarily to produce CD and DVD packaging materials, short-run booklets, postcards and flyers.

ROCHESTER—Hammer Packaging has installed an eight-color, 64˝ KBA Rapida 162 plus coater and accessories such as a roll-to-sheet feeder, Densitronic Professional color control system and lightweight paper package. Hammer is the only package printer in North America with this type of KBA press configuration.

ROCHESTER—To expand its newly created, wide-format printing operation, Mercury Print Productions has added an HP Scitex FB6100 ink-jet printer.

SYRACUSE—Implementing the Kodak Prinergy Connect workflow and Kodak InSite prepress portal system has boosted efficiency at Eastwood Litho.


KNIGHTDALE—In tandem with celebrating its 25th year in business, Carter Printing & Graphics has acquired an HP Indigo 5500 digital press to meet increased customer demand for variable data jobs.


SPARTANBURG—Installing an Agfa Graphics Anapurna M4f UV ink-jet printing system has resulted in lower costs and reduce turnaround times for the Signs By Tomorrow shop here. PI

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