Customers Enhance Their Printing Plants with Solutions from Heidelberg

Grand River Printing and Imaging, a full-service commercial web print shop in Belleville, MI, has taken delivery of a 45” Polar 115 XT guillotine cutter with Autotrim. The new cutter, also equipped with scale and lift, is being used to cut and trim a wide variety of commercially printed materials from postcard-size on up.

According to plant manager Jim Hartnett, Grand River’s cutting department already has noted significant enhancements in precision, speed, quality and productivity, which is up around 30 percent (with one operator), due primarily to the action of the Autotrim waste removal system. In addition, Hartnett said, “Our operators really appreciate the job set-up and recall, which improves our repeatability and in general makes life easier for the operator.”

Founded in 1978 and employing a staff of around 80, Grand River Printing serves a primarily regional clientele in education, healthcare, government and trade printing. The company also is a national provider of advertising inserts and publication services, and its GreenMedia program brings together a unique blend of environmentally responsible print production materials and processes for the convenience of its customers.

Original Impressions “Perfects” the Art of Fast Turnaround with Speedmaster SM 52

Original Impressions, a full service marketing communications company headquartered in Miami, that specializes in creative design, Web development, printing, mailing/fulfillment and strategic marketing consulting, recently installed a Speedmaster SM 52 five-color perfecting press with aqueous coater and high-pile delivery. The new press, which is deployed chiefly to short-run, quick-turn commercial work, will enable the company to meet the demand for even faster turnarounds, as well as to eliminate the need for offline coating and varnishing.

Furthermore, said company vice president Henry Herrera, the SM 52 turns over quickly and efficiently from straight to perfecting mode, while the fully automated perfecting device ensures smooth sheet travel and excellent register accuracy.

According to company officials, Original Impressions is very satisfied with the remote and on-site support it receives from Heidelberg’s service organization, which sees to the repair and maintenance needs of Original Impressions’ extensive pressroom line-up, including a Speedmaster XL 105 six-color press installed in 2008, five-color SM 102, a two-color Heidelberg SORZ, a pair of Printmaster QM 46-2s, and a 10×15” Windmill letterpress. In the company’s full-service bindery, cutting is accomplished with the aid of two 45” Polar cutters.

Founded in 1982, Original Impressions is the only Green-e Marketplace Certified printer in the state of Florida, producing materials with 100 percent renewable energy. This has earned the Company recognition from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partners Program. It is also Triple Certified and authorized to purchase the three globally recognized sustainable papers: FSC, SFI and PEFC.

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