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Productivity Increases for Aspen Press in Sandy, UT, After Installing Speedmaster XL 106 Press

July 22, 2014
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KENNESAW, GA—July 22, 2014—Aspen Press and Packaging, a fast-growing, high-quality commercial printer in Sandy, UT, has experienced a positive sea change in its business since installing a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L earlier this year.
 
The new press is a first for the all-Heidelberg print shop in many ways, not least because until now, Aspen had previously purchased used Heidelberg equipment through a series of brokers. “Buying new technology is a whole new ballgame and a leap of faith for us,” said Scott Robbins, company president. “We had seen the XL 106 in demos at shows, but many unknowns remained until it was installed in our shop. Now that it is, the press is everything we thought it would be and performing beautifully, just as Heidelberg said it would.”
 
Up and Running—Fast
After four months post-training on the XL 106, the company still has a portion of the learning curve to master. Nevertheless, Aspen’s “personal best” thus far has been impressive: One million impressions per week, 284,000 sheets per 24 hours, most at 18,000 sph. “I feel we’re still warming up,” Robbins noted.
 
Prinect Pressroom Manager neatly integrates the new press into Aspen’s Rampage workflow, enabling the creation of ink profiles and presetting of the feeder and delivery for both the new XL 106 and Aspen’s existing Speedmaster CD 102. “With Prinect Pressroom Manager, we also can track makereadies and costing, and extract data via the Prinect Cockpit user interface,” explained Vice President Mark Mandel. The company recently earned its G7 qualification and soon will enlist Heidelberg’s Print Color Management (PCM) program to optimize the press and color management system by keeping makeready times and waste to a minimum.
 
Growth Enabler

Aspen’s purchase of the Speedmaster XL 106 also was a significant factor in facilitating its merger with Olympus Packaging in March 2014. “Before we bought the XL 106, we lacked sufficient capacity to grow our packaging business,” Robbins said. “We were bursting at the seams in 25,000 square feet. As a result of the merger, we added another 22,000 square feet and gained the space we needed.” The business currently splits the business between commercial printing (60 percent) and packaging work (40 percent).
 

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