La Crosse Graphics Installs Mitsubishi Commercial Web PressFebruary 26, 2013
“The half-web press handles lighter-weight paper than we normally run on our sheetfed presses,” Morgan said. “People are always looking to save money. Customers save money on postage by reducing the paper weight. The standard on the half-web press is 40-lb. to 50-lb. gloss paper, although we consistently run thinner stock, as well as recycled paper.”
Morgan added that the Diamond 8 and the six-color sheetfed presses back each other up on certain jobs.
“In this day and age, reliable back-up capabilities are essential,” he said. “The Mitsubishi sheetfed presses are rock solid. They get up to color quickly and hold the color well. The web presses are the same way. They are durable, and the quality is phenomenal.”
The GCX is housed in an 18,000-square-foot addition about 100 feet from the main plant. The low-profile machine, designed for the high-end general commercial printing market, has a maximum web width of 38" and a 22 3/4" cutoff. Its top printing speed is 1,800 feet per minute. It features a pinless former folder, a combination folder and a sheeter. La Crosse Graphics currently is looking at trimming and gluing equipment. The company uses the press to print 8 1/2 x 11" or comparable size products in signatures of 16, eight and four pages.
“It is a fast and smooth-running press,” Morgan said. “The manufacturing efficiencies are huge. For example, we can print 300,000 catalogs at a competitive price in less time and with fewer press operators. The press easily accommodates lightweight paper, and there is very little waste with the gapless units and folder.”
Morgan is a great believer in redundancy. While the strengths of the full-web and half-web presses are not exactly interchangeable, Morgan knows he can move long-run projects to either machine if the need arises.
“However, it goes beyond the technology,” Morgan said. “Mitsubishi is a critical part of our team in every way. The Mitsubishi organization has a better can-do attitude than other companies. The service people know us. We always receive immediate, excellent support from them.”
About MLP U.S.A.
MLP U.S.A. markets multicolor sheetfed and web lithographic presses manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MLP U.S.A. provides complete sales, parts and service for the entire line of Mitsubishi presses. For more information, contact MLP U.S.A. in Hunt Valley, MD, at (410) 584-7990.