DOME PRINTING — THE TALENT POOLE

Pressroom Manager Roy Wisman (left) and Pressman Jeff Thomas have been even busier since the installation of two Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105s, which have boosted sheetfed productivity 60 percent.

The Brothers Poole (pictured from the left)—Andy, Tim and Bob—have put their mark on Dome Printing since acquiring the printing company from their parents.

Know Their Strengths

Split personality aside, there is no identity crisis at Dome Printing. The web and sheetfed offset printer primarily produces direct mail, point-of-purchase (POP) display items, business collateral, catalogs and publications. Many of its publication clientele have customized requirements, and Dome values its ability to forge close working relationships that can address these needs.

Its penchant for nurturing relationships is partly behind Dome’s decision to install a pair of six-color, 41˝ Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 sheetfed presses equipped with aqueous coaters, Autoplate plate changers and CPC color control.

The machines replace two older four- and six-color Heidelberg models, but provide the printer with the capacity of another full press due to their output capabilities. The first press went live in February, the other in March. They join five- and six-color M series half- and full-web heatset presses from the Heidelberg Harris era (now Goss International).

In a few short months, the printer has experienced a 60 percent increase in sheetfed productivity, mostly through the presses’ rated speed of 18,000 sph. Dome averaged 7,500 sph with the older technology, a number that has ballooned to 12,000 to 13,000 sheets on the floor with the XL 105s. All jobs makeready at 15,000 sph and typically run at 18,000 sph.

“We were absolutely pleased with Heidelberg’s attention to detail during the installations and the startup,” Tim Poole comments. “We were impressed by the speed of the installation, quality of training and the continued support. The training is going very well.”

Relationships Are Key

According to Bob Poole, vice president of sales, Dome Printing values its relationships on all fronts. “Because we find relationships to be key with our customers, it is also something we look for with our vendors,” he says. “Heidelberg delivers what they promise.”

A new value-added service for Dome Printing is mailing, which it began performing last June. The printer invested in three Domino BitJet ink-jetting lines and, through its first year of operation, had sank 40 million pieces into the mailstream. The plan is for Dome to double that output in its second year by making mail capabilities available to all clients.

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