Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 Proves Its Mettle in Tough Times

Efficient, versatile Heidelberg technology “hasn’t just helped us do better in businesses, but to do business better,” McGrath concluded. “The Speedmaster XL 105 perfector is a wonderful addition to the market at a time when the industry sorely needs it.”

Three is a magic number for Moquin Press, Belmont, Calif. Having installed a trio of Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 presses since 2005, President Greg Moquin understands the benefits of the XL 105’s comprehensive automation as well as anyone and better than most, and has positioned his capabilities for maximum competitive effect.

“It’s no contest for us to go up against a 40” conventional perfecting press and win the job,” Moquin said. “It happens all the time. We’re printing faster, our makereadies are faster, and we can take advantage of the XL’s larger sheet size by running more up on a sheet when necessary. Every time we put in an XL 105, our productivity increases by 50 percent over a conventional press” in the same format class. Because he can produce more work in less time, he also can make up in volume what he may have to concede on price. “I can afford to be aggressive because I know I can get the job done quickly,” he said. The brutal pace is not for sissies: Each of Moquin’s XL 105s runs across two 12-hour shifts per day at its full rated speed of 18,000 sph, turning out a staggering array of products on a wide range of substrates that now includes plastic, thanks to the integration of 4 interdeck UV on the company’s newest XL.

Moquin is eager to dispel any notion that he is prepared to sacrifice quality for the kind of productivity his business demands. On the contrary, for color-critical work, the XL 105 “holds color fabulously well,” Moquin said. “The Speedmaster XL 105 is a made-to-order solution for a business like ours.”

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