Independence Press — Dedicated to Growth
“We moved one press at a time and had it up and running in the new location before we started moving the next one,” Marc Adamucci says. “For a time, from August until December, we had equipment running in two locations. It was a long and difficult process; rigging and moving large equipment is a real challenge. You don’t realize the planning that goes into taking down a manufacturing plant and putting it back together until you live it. We had excellent mechanics, riggers and electricians around us throughout the move.”
New Home, New Press
The first major investment the company made in its new facility was a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 sheetfed press with coater.
“In the Delaware Valley area, there are only a handful of printers operating an XL 105 press,” notes Michael Henry, Independence general/plant manager, who expects the press to increase production output by 50 percent. “The XL 105 has dramatically reduced makeready time and increased production speeds with superior print quality results. This machine will allow us to stay ahead of the curve for the foreseeable future. It’s a great position to be in.”
Marc Adamucci is excited about the new press’ capabilities, because in the few months since its installation, the company gained a significant workflow improvement.
“We produce in one shift on the XL 105 press what one of our older Speedmasters produces in two. It’s really doubling what we can do,” he explains.
The company currently operates three Heidelbergs, one of which is the new six-color Speedmaster XL 105 with coater. Its web pressroom includes an eight-color Sanden and a six-color Didde.
Since moving into its new facility, the company has also updated its proofing system, with a DuPont Cromalin piezo drop-on-demand ink-jet printer. Independence also added Heidelberg’s Prinect software to its existing 100 percent digital workflow.